Becky and I went to see Prisoners last week at the AMC Theater in Highlands Ranch, CO with our friends Mark and Maria. The Fandango website at Prisoners describes the movie as follows…
”How far would you go to protect your child? Keller Dover (Hugh Jackman) is facing every parent’s worst nightmare. His six-year-old daughter, Anna, is missing, together with her young friend, Joy, and as minutes turn to hours, panic sets in. The only lead is a dilapidated RV that had earlier been parked on their street. Heading the investigation, Detective Loki (Jake Gyllenhaal) arrests its driver, Alex Jones (Paul Dano), but a lack of evidence forces the only suspect’s release. Knowing his child’s life is at stake, the frantic Dover decides he has no choice but to take matters into his own hands. The desperate father will do whatever it takes to find the girls, but in doing so, he may lose himself, begging the question: When do you cross the line between seeking justice and becoming a vigilante?..”
The Review: Prisoners is a film that is very well done with superb acting and directing. It shows how people can lose their minds when put into positions where their child has been abducted by a potential serial killer and take the law into their own hands. This film deals with every parents nightmare when the character’s children are taken, while walking home from the neighbors house. It does a great job of taking you through the entire story with some serious complexity. Unfortunately, it’s very disturbing and at times hard to watch.
Prisoners is one of those movies that you’ll probably either really like or not like that much. Becky and I disagreed on this movie. I liked the story, but I didn’t like parts of the film that were just too disturbing such as when they torture a young guy that they believe is involved in stealing their children. It’s too gruesome and inexcusable as you watch the parents take out their frustration on someone who could be innocent. Maria and I both had a problem with that and it wrecked the movie for us.
Becky and Mark on the other hand didn’t like that part of the film, but it didn’t ruin the movie for them and they really liked it. The movie does ask the question of whether the ends ever justifies the means when it comes to trying to get information that could save another persons life at the expense of another person’s freedom. That part of the film with the torture really upset me. I didn’t like the ending either because it left us hanging.
I have to rate this a Rental because the movie bothered me too much even though it was very well done with great acting, but Becky really liked it.
John – ** Rental
Becky – **** Don’t Miss It
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