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Prisoners

 

 
Overview
 

Actors: Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, Maria Bello, Terrence Howard, Melissa Leo, Paul Dano
 
Director: Denis Villeneuve
 
Length: 153 minutes
 
Release Date: September 20, 2013
 
Genre: , ,
 
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4/5


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1 total rating

 

Positives


Well acted, good mystery, and a well made movie

Negatives


Predictable if you watch a lot of mystery movies


Bottom Line

Prisoners is a movie. A movie with some twists and turns. It’s a mystery so that stands to reason. My point is I liked this movie and I recommend it. So if that means that you’ll watch it then don’t read this because Imma spoil this thing like a glass of milk in the noon […]

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Posted September 27, 2013 by

 
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Prisoners is a movie. A movie with some twists and turns. It’s a mystery so that stands to reason. My point is I liked this movie and I recommend it. So if that means that you’ll watch it then don’t read this because Imma spoil this thing like a glass of milk in the noon day sun . . . or better examples. If on the other hand you don’t care about spoilers or what I have to say then carry on. You have been warned.

credit: Warner Bros.

credit: Warner Bros.

Prisoners starts innocently enough. A family who is friends with their neighbors down the road spends thanksgiving with each other. It’s a bit odd that they each have a husband, wife, teenage Son/daughter and two little girls all roughly the same age. Either way the two little girls are friends. Moving forward the little girls want to go back to the other girls house to grab a whistle for child reasons. They were supposed to grab the teenagers to walk them but they don’t. As it turns out they got kidnapped during this excursion. And now the story unfolds. The story of what happens to people during these kind of events.

credit: Warner Bros.

credit: Warner Bros.

Here’s what happens to each person. The white mom devolves into a mess of tears and bed rest. She doesn’t leave her house and spends all her time expecting her daughter to come home somehow. The black mom starts out in a haze and regains some of her composure when she finds out what the white dad is doing. The black dad is generally distraught but less active than the white dad. The teenage boy is kind of lost in thought a lot like he’s waiting for his dad to do something, and the teenage girl is just angry at . . . the world I guess. And white Dad goes off the rails. He kidnaps the suspect that the police cleared and tortures the shit out of him. It’s kind of awful, but not graphic or anything.

credit: Warner Bros.

credit: Warner Bros.

The investigation brings in Detective Loki. He’s a detective who hasn’t lost a case. The thing about Loki is that he’s a pretty good cop, but he’s just a cop. He’s not Sherlock Holmes or Hercule Poirot. He’s not even at Batman level. And I know what you’re thinking, Batman is a great detective. Well you’re wrong but that’s another story.

(No screw that I’m addressing it now. Batman is not a detective. That or he’s a detective in the stupidest universe on the planet. Here’s a skit of Batman dealing with Commissioner Gordon.

 

Skit 1

Batman flies into the crime scene Commissioner Gordon waiting to greet him.

Batman:

Tell me what you know?

Gordon:

Pleasure to see you too. Well we’re not too sure. Some wack job broke into this place and stole a high tech piece of macguffin technology. The guards tried to subdue him but they all got in cased in ice. Do you think it was Falconie?

Batman:

No . . . what? No I’m pretty sure it was Mr. Freeze.

Gordon (grasping his head):

Of course.

 

Skit 2

Batman flies into the crime scene Commissioner Gordon waiting to greet him.

Batman:

Tell me what you know?

Gordon:

You could at least address me by name. Well we’re not too sure. Some wack job broke into this place and stole a advanced genetic macguffin agent. We’re trying to gather evidence but the guards are knockout by some poison, there’s vines everywhere. It’s a real mess. Do you think Falconie is trying to poison the city?

Batman:

Seriously? It was poison ivy. Come on man get it together.

Gordon (grasping his head):

That’s why you’re the Bat.

 

Skit 3 (I could do this all day.)

Batman flies into the crime scene Commissioner Gordon waiting to greet him.

Gordon:

So it appears

Batman (interrupting Gordon pulls a puppy from his cowl and hands it to Gordon):

Gordon play with this.

Gordon (Joyfully): Oh ho ho who’s this little guy?

Batman (looking around the crime scene):

It looks like the criminal took a bunch of money and some kind of rare macguffin artifact. No prints, guess he was wearing gloves.

Gordon:

This dog brings a smile to my face. Just like all the guards had. They actually smiled themselves to death. You think Falconie is using some kind of Puppy cannon?

Batman:

Oh my God, how did you become Commissioner?

 

You get the idea. His criminals leave big obvious calling cards. The only challenge Batman has is finding them, but either beats up a cronies, puts a tracker on someone, or uses bullshit technology to follow bourbon vapor or some shit. Barely a detective.)

Loki is basically Commissioner Gordon. Except that there’s no Batman to help through this. The mystery itself isn’t crazy difficult to figure out. I got it pretty quick mostly because I had viewer knowledge. I watch a lot of mystery shows so lots of things become obvious just from the way that they have to be presented. Still the whole thing is slightly outside of Loki’s realm of understanding not because he isn’t smart but because he doesn’t have enough information. The hardest part of any mystery show is gathering information and when you’re not given enough it becomes next to impossible to make any connections. In fact several mystery shows cheat when presenting a mystery to you and withhold information so that you can’t figure it out. Which is why I had to develop viewer tricks to be able to figure out the mystery when they pull that crap. The trick is to have a small lull between gathering all the evidence and the detective figuring it out. That gives the viewer that moment they need to think it all through.

credit: Warner Bros.

credit: Warner Bros.

Either way Loki does his best but he only manages to solve the mystery because of a good amount of coincidence. Also the whole thing gets solved because one of the girls manages to escape during an off camera scene. So the end seems a bit lazy. There’s a super dead end that all the characters hit, but suddenly the girl is out and we know exactly where to go. Suddenly everything starts to resolve. It feels like the writer hit a bump and couldn’t figure out how to catch this killer. So they just kind of used a magic wand to end their movie.

credit: Warner Bros.

credit: Warner Bros.

It still works okay and they at least give an explanation for why the girl escaped. Instead of just washing it off. I’ve kind of decided not to spoil it because I want you to see it. I gave you that they solve it and things work out okay but I imagine you assumed that. Most movies end happy not because they want to appeal to mass audiences, but as a writer it’s hard to end on a bad note. You make these characters and you grow rather attached to them and it’s hard to fuck them over. It kind of hurts like you’re killing a part of yourself. At the end of the movie you’re given a choice between two endings, which is kind of annoying but I guess it makes sense. The movie is about how these tragic events really effect people and how much luck is really required to solve them. It’s about realism so it’s reasonable for the ending to tell you to decide between the more realistic middle of the road ending or the less possible happy ending.

Overall the movie is acted quite well, the mystery is pretty good, and it’s well paced. It’s easy for this kind of movie to feel boring but it turns out to be quite engaging. Watch it you might not regret it. I would compare this movie to a porno about busty college girls. They make a million of them, it’s gets easier to follow the more of them you watch and it doesn’t take a genius to figure out how it’s going to end. Thanks for reading.


Dick75

 
I'm like a jaguar that taught itself how to read . . . hauntingly mysterious.