MOVIE REVIEW: PRISONERS
"When Keller Dover’s daughter and her friend go missing, he takes matters into his own hands as the police pursue multiple leads and the pressure mounts. But just how far will this desperate father go to protect his family?" - IMDB.com (i’m lazy)
The writing is definitely something worth mentioning. It was perfectly paced for this type of genre and they did not waste any time of too much exposition and explaination of pointless plot points. The subtle hints in the film in regards to the climax were brilliant. The run time is 2 hours and 33 minutes however you never feel the length.
Speaking of brilliance, the cast. I hate Oscar predications because awards shows are full of shit and I truly believe some awards are bought rather than earned. However I am hoping that either Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal and even Paul Dano get some sort of recoginition for their stellar performances. I cannot over look the fantastic supporting cast: Maria Bello, Terrence Howard, Viola Davis and Melissa Leo. Side note: Pardon my ignorance, but I had never heard of Melissa Leo before The Fighter but I loved her as a guest star on Louie and the episodes of Treme i have seen.
The music/score or lack of, definitely set the tone for the film and made it very realistic. Which proves Silence can be just as effective as a great score created by John Williams or Howard “Hometown Home Boy” Shore.
Quebec’s Denis Villeneuve was at the helm of directing, and i think its safe to say that he is one of our country’s best story-tellers of this generation. Unfortunately I have not had the pleasure of seeing Incendies however I believe I will give it a watch over the weekend. This film was one of his two films featured at TIFF this year, and the other being Enemy also starring Gyllenhaal.
I did attend TIFF this year however I purposely did not see this film as I knew it would get a wide release. My friends who I saw this with reacted to this film as if it were a horror film; hesistated to look at the screen during some scenes and were on the edge of their seats. We agreed that this film can work as a form of birth control. Child abduction is one of the worst fears that a parent can face. After watching this movie, it puts things into perspective and challenges your morals. It really does make you think about how far you would go for your loved ones.
PRISONERS was released on Friday September 20th, and I have a feeling it will be in Theatres for awhile. GO SEE IT, no excuses!!