Sunday, February 9, 2014
If you are planning on watching Prisoners brace yourself because it is a long-ass movie. But for me, it is one of those that did not seem to drag, and I feel it used its minutes wisely. This movie is about two families whose young daughters, Anna and Joy, go missing after a miscommunication during a holiday get together. Basically, they end up leaving the house alone when they were supposed to walk with older siblings. Immediately, a mysterious RV and its driver, Alex Jones (Paul Dano) is suspected of the kidnapping. After much interrogation, Alex reveals nothing, and must be released on lack of evidence. But upon leaving the police station, he is attacked by Anna's father, Keller (Hugh Jackman). After implicating himself in quiet statement to Keller, he and Joy's father, Franklin (Terrence Howard) kidnap Alex, with the intention of torturing the information out of him.
Meanwhile, the lead detective on the case, Loki (Jake Gyllenhaal) has moved on from Alex to other suspects, including a creeper who buys lots of children's clothes, and runs from the vigil when Loki spots him. Keller and Franklin continue to torture Alex for information, in some pretty sadistic ways. There is also Alex's weird aunt, Holly (Melissa Leo) and a priest with a dead body in his basement. Throw in some bloody children's clothes, a bunch of snakes, a guy who draws mazes all over his house, and a history of missing kids in the area, and you've got a movie with a lot of moving parts.
I don't want to give too much more away, but I really liked how this movie played out. I sometimes find "plot twists" to be kinda predictable, but I was pretty surprised by the several in Prisoners. Captivity of any kind always gets to me, so maybe that's why this movie resonated with me so much. Also, I really found it interesting to see the lengths a person would go to in order to protect/save their children, you know, like locking a kid in the bathroom and torturing him for days. Either way, I would recommend Prisoners if you have a quiet evening ahead to really dig into it.