Director Denis Villeneuve’s Prisoners is a harrowing thriller about the abduction of two young girls in “Crazytown,” Pennsylvania where everyone seems to have an underlying psychotic streak except, perhaps, for facial tick-prone Detective Loki, superbly played by Jake Gyllenhaal in, arguably, his best role to date.
The story moves at a relentless pace thanks to Editors Joel Cox’s and Gary D. Roach’s handling of Writer Aaron Guzikowski’s tight script, the logic flaws of which only become evident in retrospect after the viewer has had a chance to calm down and reflect.
Every one of the loonies in this film is well-played from Hugh Jackman on down. To go into detail would only give away plot points, which, you know, I only do with bad films.
If you enjoy thrillers, Prisoners is your cup of tea…iced tea, which you may need in your veins to handle some of the more violent scenes.
Prisoners easily gets a 4 out of 5.