What would you do if your children were abducted? It’s a very hard question to answer because many of us don’t know or will never know. Maybe it’s your cousin or your best friend’s kids, we all have a stake in any child abduction. Prisoners, the new movie from Warner Brothers, rated R and opening Friday 09-20-13 tells us one of those stories.
Keller Dover(Hugh Jackman) is a simple man in a simple town just trying to raise his family with his wife Grace(Maria Bello) and family including his son and six-year-old daughter Anna. His neighbor Franklin Birch(Terrence Howard) along with his family and daughter Joy are also trying to make a life. During Thanksgiving dinner over the Birch’s home the two girls suddenly go missing and the nightmare begins for the families. Enter Detective Loki(Jake Gyllenhaal) who has been assigned to find the two girls, by the way he has solved all the cases he’s been assigned too and he doesn’t want to let the families down. We meet many different characters including suspects that may or may not be the one who abducted the girls as well as go deep into the mind of the fathers especially Keller. The race begins to try and decipher who is telling the truth and who is just sending you on a wild goose chase.
Prisoners is a movie that I have been wanting to see for a while and it doesn’t disappoint. This dramatic thriller has lots of ebbs and flows throughout the 2 ½ hours which will keep you wondering and waiting. The movie has some disturbing scenes so make sure you are ready for that but I believe the scenes are truthful for the situation that the characters are in whether you agree with them or not. Jake Gyllenhaal is superb in his role bringing both feeling and realism to the role of a Detective who wants to uphold the law but still stopping some sick people. Hugh Jackman and Terrence Howard play the fathers to a tee and really show the Ying and Yang of two different ways to look at justice. Both Paul Dano and David Dastmalchian really draw you in as the possible child offenders while still bringing out real scariness with their actions. If I had any misgivings it would be the movie was a little long and I felt the wives played by Maria Bello and Viola Davis seem a little lost in the overall picture, not the characters but the amount of time they are involved. I felt like they could have been more a part of the story but there is a lot of things happening so I guess something had to be sacrificed. On the point of lots of things happening, be ready to really keep your eyes and ears open, remember it’s also a who dunnit so pay attention to everything because we all want to play Detective don’t we. Prisoners offers a view into the world of families dealing with the most unthinkable but also shows us that we need to look into ourselves as well and take ownership of the things that we do and the consequences. I didn’t love Prisoners but I definitely really liked it and think that it’s worth your time, especially parents but human beings as well.