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Movie review: Prisoners

Sunday, January 12, 2014   by: SooToday.com Staff

The following movie review was submitted by SooToday.com contributor, Will Youngson.

Prisoners

I would not be surprised if Prisoners was nominated for some big awards this year.

The epic tale of the kidnapping of two young girls, including the trials and tribulations of all of those involved, is one of the best films I've seen all year.

Prisoners shows the horrific experience through several different perspectives: the parents, the detective assigned to the case, and those suspected of committing the crime.

The beauty of the film is that it does so in such an effective way that the audience can both sympathize with and dislike all characters involved.

Don't let the movie's 160 minute runtime scare you, because the film's story and performances are so enthralling that time passes all too quickly.

Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal lead a terrific ensemble cast with their performances as a parent of a missing child and police detective, respectively.

Prisoners is a heart-wrenching film that effectively plays through the nightmare of every parent from start to finish.

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Number One Son 1/12/2014 11:17:24 AM Report

Stick to reviewing "Spiderman" movies Will, they are probably more your genre.

The concept of "Prisoners" is not a new one, and is typically flawed and unbelievable in some scenes.

The mentally challenged perpetrator/victim has been done before, and is a poorly disguised red herring.

Hugh Jackman is too over the top as the irate parent, and would never be allowed to do what he does in this movie in real life. I watched the movie for free thankfully, .... wouldn't have wanted to pay to see it.
Tag33&1/3rd 1/12/2014 11:31:35 AM Report

Is it out on dvd? Thanks for the review!
Wow there is so many critical people on here man!
PipeBomb 1/12/2014 11:39:28 AM Report

Number One Son, why don't you stick to something more your speed, like watching grass grow or paint dry. That's about all you can handle it seems.

I don't know Will well, but I know him through some friends, he's a good guy and very smart when it comes to movies.

Another typical internet hero/keyboard warrior is Number One Son. Classic sootoday idiot poster.
crashed13 1/12/2014 11:49:01 AM Report

Watch Wolf of Wall Street. It's incredible.

Leo will get best actor at Oscars with ease.
jojoe71 1/12/2014 1:44:19 PM Report

the old saying " Beauty is in the eye of the beholder " goes also for movies. Some people are happy to watch anything on the big screen. Others are too critical that certain scenes are impossible to do. Well one reason I like to watch the tough guys kick ass and pull off amazing feats of strength is because we all wish there were hero's in real life that could do that to the bad guys. Then we could send them over to places like north Korea and rescue all the people in their gulags. But in real life were tied to politics and gum flapping. So it feels good to watch our favorite heros do the impossible and save the world from people like Rodman's little buddy( his own little Minnie me ) So bring on Stalone and Stratham and Arny.....keep kicking ass on the big screen.
fpreman 1/12/2014 1:47:46 PM Report

Hugh Jackman over the top??You mean his acting is absolutely amazing.All he did was generate such raw emotion from an all too real topic.I paid my $2.15 cents to watch it thanks to family video.Why we comparing this to real life? That is whybit's called a MOVIE dink.
fpreman 1/12/2014 1:49:32 PM Report

Hugh Jackman over the top??You mean his acting is absolutely amazing.All he did was generate such raw emotion from an all too real topic.I paid my $2.15 cents to watch it thanks to family video.Why we comparing this to real life? That is why it is called a MOVIE.
Milhouse van Houten 1/12/2014 2:59:19 PM Report

I love this movie. Great review.
CRaginskis 1/12/2014 3:00:44 PM Report

I watch a LOT of movies. A LOT. And this one was very emotionally wrought with good acting. Hugh Jackman is more than weird hair and claws. As for Gyllenhaal, he got me interested in Donnie Darko, still one of my faves to this day. I loved this movie, although for some reason I kept putting it off. If anyone out there is a fan of horror films, a few good indies I have run across lately are "Would You Rather" and VHS.
kamen 1/12/2014 3:18:30 PM Report

I for one would love to see an actual section for movie reviews, forget the critical people who comment here, I think it would be great. I only heard from a friend that the movie was good, but the in depth review is awesome.
Beej 1/12/2014 4:08:06 PM Report

"Beauty is in the eye of the beerholder", jojoe :)
Number One Son 1/12/2014 8:42:38 PM Report

I have more credentials for critiquing movies than you might realize. I repeat,Jackman is over the top and unbelievable in this character. The plot is old and not unique.

A much better movie that I just saw was "American Hustle", ....
andrews 1/13/2014 2:03:49 AM Report

You do realize that there basically aren't unique plots anymore right? Any movie you've seen can be broken down into basic bits that are the same as half the other movies in its genre.
D0BBER 1/13/2014 9:43:33 AM Report

@ number one son

The point of a movie review is to inform the reader without GIVING AWAY THE STORY .. a concept that apparently completely escapes you !!

Thanks to your over eagerness to insult someone you have ruined the movie for anyone who had the misfortune of reading your self important drivel !!
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