Arguably the best American genre film I´ve seen in recent years. It manages to perform an enthralling balancing act between hope and despair, and I would in fact compare it to films such as "The Vanishing" and "Memories of Murder".
Solid thriller from Villeneuve's mind. I trully like his storytelling - it catches you from minute one and gets you interested until the end. The one thing: it needed a better ending. A little predictable for my taste. Nicely acted, it's a pack of stars commited to the story. Nice, really nice.
The Silence of the Lambs is a great film, not because of the depth of the screenplay, but on account of Foster and Hopkins's acting. Prisoners is a masterpiece because Canadian director Denis Villeneuve knows how to distill meaning in every frame he shoots and in every word uttered by his characters. Bravo.
A decent thriller, with good performances from the entire cast. It never felt boring, but never felt all that exciting either. I think it would have benefited from a little more time for the audience to engage with both families and the two little girls. The way they tied up a few loose ends and decided to finish on a good note wasn't very satisfying to me.
Christian and pagan forces try to stop evil. One pays for his sins, the other is almost a martyr. I think the film also criticizes conspiracy advocates like Alex Jones, and the people that for example are still trying to decode Kubrick's films. The film is to the point, including its heavy symbolism.
Not bad but about 30-40 minutes too long. Jackman and Gyllenhaal are great but Paul Dano aside, the rest of the cast fall to the wayside. The scene at Bob Taylor's house as well as the overall subject matter was troubling but the ambiguity of the final scene may have gotten to me the most.
Truly creepy, tense and compelling viewing here in this police procedural with plenty of twists and turns. Jackman is good but often resorts to shouting at the cost of nuance and Gyllenhaal while interesting to watch doesn't quite live up to the wit and smarts set up by the legacy of his character. Recommended 4 stars
Slow, pensive, and beautifully shot by Coens regular Roger Deakins, but it is ultimately an actors' film dealing with the gap between our ideals and our actions. Perhaps Gyllenhaal is too young for his role, but Jackman gives a definition of "powerhouse performance".