Prisoners is a very good thriller.

Set in the American state of Pennsylvania, Prisoners follows the story of Keller Dover (Hugh Jackman) whose life derails when his daughter goes missing with her best friend.

Jake Gyllenhall turns up as the investigating detective, and we’re taken on a tension filled exploration as Jackman, in an act of desperation, kidnaps the lead suspect in the case (Paul Dano), in hope that he can find his daughter and her friend before it’s too late.

The film’s two and a half hours long, but at no point does it feel it, as the ample run time is used wisely to really explore all of the characters. On top of that the acting is fantastic, with the ensemble cast really bringing home the pain and desperation of the characters.

Particular praise I feel should be made for Terence Howard, as Franklin, Keller’s best friend and the father of the other missing girl. Paul Dano, as the suspect who is kidnapped and forced to become a prisoner by Jackman, and Melissa Leo, who is so good I didn’t actually realize she was in the film until the end credits rolled.

Prisoners is a great crime thriller which will disturb the audience and keep them on the edge of their seats until the final credits role. For this, I give it a solid FOUR FIST PUMPS.


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