Such a well-rounded movie, with a lot more to chew on than your typical abduction movie. Top acting from the whole cast, a clever script, great direction. There's a lot of thought put into each shot, and even what's left offscreen seems to be well-placed to flesh out these complex characters and question the morality of their actions.
I think this is a well-made, well-acted, suspenseful film, but if Villeneuve was going for a religion theme here, it was clunky and unconvincing. A couple of tattoos and Lord's Prayers do not subtext make. Feels like the movie misses out on the thematic richness that would make it more than a mere procedural.
i couldn't help thinking about "big bad wolves" that shared the theme of revenge aimed at child molesters. while "wolves" relied more on black humour "prisoners" goes head on into overwhelming bleakness and sense of helplessness. it's a very formally controlled genre piece whose strongest points are surely jackman's and gyllenhaal's performances respectively.
Fucked up are the best words to describe this intense and graphic violent and mind-exhilarating plot twist wolverine drama. I have never been so amazed by Hugh's Jackman emotional acting liked this one. I advise you to prepare yourselves because this movie pumps a lot of adrenaline into your bloodstream!
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.
Rewatched again. The only thing it loses is the surprise effect. Otherwise remains a depressing, BLEAK, grey, downer of a thriller with great lead performances, masterful atmosphere, a perfect ending and a soundtrack that keeps coming back to me. Very human. Watch it without knowing anything about it.