Verdict: 3.5 / 5
For anyone who hates predictable movies, cheesy endings, and the revelation that you just wasted hours of your life you’ll never get back, Prisoners – the thriller with a twist – is the perfect movie for you.
Prisoners is simply brilliant, but if you’re not sold on a good script, there are plenty of Hugh Jackman reasons. The hunky Australian, alongside Jake Gyllenhaal, is searching for two missing girls, in what seems to be a hopeless case. In ways, it is similar to Taken (Liam Neeson – “I will find you, and I will kill you”), where two fathers are determined to find their daughters… no matter the cost. How far will you go to protect your family?
Like any other tale of kidnapping, there is a creepy guy who drives a creepy RV – that being the only predictable element of the movie.
The story begins when two innocent girls go outside to find a missing whistle, and never return. Keller Dover (Hugh Jackman) does what any father would do, and more, to find his young daughter and her missing friend. The investigation is led by Loki (not Thor’s brother) the small town’s detective, played by Jake Gyllenhaal.
Without alerting the spoiler brigade, this movie moves away from the obvious suspect to the person you least suspected. Prisoners is full of gut-wrenching suspense, keeping you glued to the screen as Loki trials by error to find some hope that the girls are still alive, while Dover takes matters into his own “bloody” hands.
The movie really makes you feel involved in the investigation. With multiple suspects, you’re taken on the gruelling journey of trying to find two missing girls – a case that seems impossible. Prisoners is perfect for a winter date, where you get to play a darker version of Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch will have nothing on you), and enjoy the edge of your seat.