Movie Review: Prisoners
It’s not the most mind-blowing film, but definitely the most compelling as the story takes on a natural, almost-raw and honest approach of storytelling – that’s how I would sum up my opinion of the movie: Prisoners.
Watching PRISONERS is akin to watching a long 2.5-hour episode of Criminal Minds. The actions are slower, the drama in-depth and the characters are fully developed to the point, as an audience, I could relate to them and grow with them as they develop in the story. It allows space for emotional attachment to the characters as the story unfolds slowly (but surely) the unfortunate events of two families whose daughters are missing.
Keller Dover (starring Hugh Jackman) is a religious man who knows the Lord’s prayer by heart and vows to protect the family, bringing his children up in the way that is right with God. Family friend, Franklin Birch (starring Terrence Howard), lives across the street. They often meet up for Thanksgiving dinner. In one of these gatherings, their daughters Anna Dover and Joy Birch go out for a walk in search for Anna’s missing red whistle. And they never come back after that. Detective Loki (starring Jake Gyllenhaal) is assigned to the case.
The story develops rather quickly at the first 20-minute of the show where a suspect was caught in relation to the case. But all goes into slow mode after that scene where the story focuses heavily on the grief and despair each of the family members is going through. It’s this stage that one can see how a tragedy can transform the hearts of people inside out. Whether it is through anger, desperation, helplessness or restlessness, the transformation of the soul from the turn of events is the most significant in this movie. One main question lingers long even after I walked out of the cinema: Can a tragedy make a good person evil? And if so, who’s at fault?
PRISONERS is not your typical action psychopath story; rather it is a psychological game of the mind and soul. It peels the character from the outside in, guiding you to a journey of discovering the way humans react to situations. If you have an interest in the human heart and mind, then this is the movie for you. Otherwise, you would be best watching Criminal Minds in the comfort of your own home.
Note: Reviews are based on foundations stated HERE.