Movie Review: Prisoners

Prisoners movie review

Shelly Beraza




Drama, Suspense/Thriller


Prisoners is not a movie for the faint of heart. With violence and jaw-dropping moments, it doesn’t lack intensity.

It begins with the Dover and Birch families eating a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner together. The 6-year-old girls from both families wander off alone to find a whistle, and end up missing. It’s all downhill from there.

In the beginning, I had a sense of happiness for the families, but then I became incredibly uneasy.

The only piece of evidence as to where the girls went is a creepy old RV parked down the street.

Detective Loki, played by Jake Gyllenhaal, does what he can to find the two missing girls, usually by losing sleep.

Yet, Keller Dover, played by Hugh Jackman, can’t help but take matters into his own hands. Twists and turns ensue as Loki gathers more evidence while Keller dives deeper and deeper into madness. All while his family begs him to return to some resemblance of his normal self.

His wife, Grace (Maria Bello), is a stressed out, sleeping-pill popping, depressed mother and portrays this brilliantly. Viewers feel sorry for them and hope for a happy ending.

The teenage son, Ralph Dover (Dylan Minnette), is left with no one to support him while the Birch family members fall into helping Keller pull out his plan of making people pay for their missing daughters.

My heart was pounding for a good three-quarters of the movie, while sitting at the edge of my seat, suspended in thought of what will happen next.

I was in awe of the makeup quality on Melissa Leo who plays Holly Jones, the mother of Alex Jones (Paul Dano), who is the main suspect.

Jones is a young man with the IQ of a 10-year-old, and slowly you are connected to him, and are on his journey of ups and downs.

I recommend this movie for anyone who likes a great crime drama with twists and turns.


I give it: 4/5 Stars

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Movie Review: Prisoners

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