Prisoners
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PRISONERS, from Oscar (R)-nominated director Denis Villeneuve, stars Oscar (R) nominees Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal in a story that poses the question: How far would you go to protect your child? Keller Dover (Jackman) is facing every parent's worst nightmare. His six-year-old daughter, Anna, is missing, together with her young friend, Joy, and as minutes turn to hours, panic sets in. The only lead is a dilapidated RV that had earlier been parked on their street. Heading the investigation, Detective Loki (Gyllenhaal) arrests its driver, Alex Jones (Paul Dano), but a lack of evidence… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%

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"Jackman is still in his phase of high-masculine misery... The entire performance is an exclamation point, and he swings it like a baseball bat."
‑ Wesley Morris, Grantland
"It's got lofty aspirations but it also wants to wallow in the muck - to thrill you and sicken you in equal measure while also being About Something."
‑ Christy Lemire, ChristyLemire.com
"Prisoners is a devastating ordeal through the Villeneuve's impressionistic prism. It's a testament to all involved that you want to revisit the ugliness of the story for the artistry of its construction."
‑ Blake Howard, 2UE That Movie Show
"Prisoners -- sometimes awkwardly, for the most part persuasively -- does a delicate balancing act between outright nightmare and naturalism."
‑ Jonathan Romney, Film Comment Magazine
"Denis Villeneuve made the Foreign Language Film Oscar nominee Incendies, but his American debut Prisoners just reheats the heavy-handed, high-gloss revenge porn of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and the aforementioned Mystic River."
‑ Daniel Barnes, Sacramento News & Review
"Prisoners is weary after ten minutes, and I suppose it has persuaded itself that its length is justified by its solemn gaze into the abyss."
‑ David Thomson, The New Republic
"Ethical exploration or exploitation? In the end, I come down reservedly on the former side: the work done here by Jackman, Gyllenhaal, and especially Villeneuve is simply too powerful to ignore."
‑ Christopher Orr, The Atlantic
"The film not only holds the viewer's focus to the very end, but manages to do so in a genuinely innovative yet comfortingly recognizable way."
‑ Anna Tatarska, Movie Mezzanine
"Methodical, powerful and one of the year's best, this drama offers up a riveting script and a great cast."
‑ John Hanlon, Big Hollywood
"Even the most seemingly benign scenes posses a low level of fear, and the final hour is heavy enough to leave audiences shaking (and shaken)."
‑ Kate Erbland, Film School Rejects
"In less talented hands, the story could lapse into the maudlin. But Villeneuve, director of the Oscar-nominated Incendies, seems to know just how far to go; only one moment feels less than authentic, but it would be a spoiler to mention it."
‑ Jocelyn Noveck, Associated Press
"Prisoners is unforgettably relentless in asking moviegoers if Keller has gone too far. And, by extension, asking us how far we would go."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"...wants to show how one heinous act creates not only victims, but more monsters."
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"It's engaging and gut-wrenching -- without diving into an abyss of emotional torture in the name of entertainment."
‑ AP Kryza, Willamette Week
"Nicely written and acted. Genuine suspense."
‑ Paul Chambers, Movie Chambers
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