ByAaron Gillingham, writer at
I'm a film reviewer who also has a keen eye for filmmaking

Prisoners is directed by Denis Villeneuve and stars Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Terrence Howard, Viola Davis and Paul Dano. During a regular Thanksgiving get together between two families, the youngest daughters of both families go missing. The rest of the plot is best left unknown until viewing.

I know this film is a couple of years old but i had heard so much about it and i had talk about it. If i was doing reviews back in 2013 this would definitely have been my favorite film of that year, hands down. Everything about this film is perfect.

Everyone in this film is at their best. Jake Gyllenhaal is great as Detective Loki, meanwhile Hugh Jackman and Terrence Howard both do great jobs as the fathers in distress. Every single performance is emotionally powerful to the point where you almost don't want to watch. Also not everyone is who you think they are, if you think that a character is good they will eventually do something that makes you question them as a person. Everyone has their own morals meaning no one can be trusted.

The direction of this film perfectly reflects the mood, dark and grim. Each shot looks miserable and unclean but still looks fantastic. For a film that presents a pretty simple premise, there are a lot of twists and turns that the story takes. This is one of the best thrillers i have ever seen, mostly due to the fact that every little detail precisely fits into place by the end of the film.

The score is also eerily haunting which again fits the film very well. The only problem i have is that it does drag one or two times, but its also sort of a positive. The reason i say that is because rather than the film being blindingly obvious it takes its time to show and tell certain things.

This is a dark and gripping thriller that makes you feel dirty inside and raises a lot of questions about everyday people. Basically it's bloody good


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