Prisoners

Every moment matters


Prisoners
This gritty kidnap drama has received good reviews. After a six-year-old girl and her friend disappear, the families begin to panic. When the police are forced to release their only suspect, the frantic father decides he has no choice but to take matters into his own hands. But just how far will this desperate father go to protect his family?

153 minutes.
No persons under 16 (Violence).
Crime, Drama, Thriller.

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Credits

Cast
Hugh Jackman, Jake Byllenhaal, Viola Davis, Maria Bello, Terrence Howard, Melissa Leo, Paul Dano, Dylan Minnette, Zoe Border, Erin Gerasimovich, Kyla Drew Simmons
Director
Denis Villeneuve
ScreenplayAaron Guzikowski
MusicJóhann Jóhannsson
CinematographyRoger Deakins
EditingJoel Cox, Gary Roach
Sound formatsDolby Digital, Sony Dynamic Digital Sound, Datasat
SoundtrackAvailable
Made in2013
Produced byAlcon Entertainment, 8:38 Productions, Madhouse Entertainment

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Film and Publications Board (FPB) Report (SA)

GenreCrime, drama
LanguageStrong but infrequent
NudityNone
SexNone
ViolenceInfrequent with moderate to strong impact, e.g. fire exchange with blood splatter
PrejudiceNone
BlasphemyNone
Drug abuseInfrequent with mild to moderate impact
CommentsOne of the paralent [sic. prominent?] themes contained in the movie is that of heraism [sic. heroism?]. Keller is a tragic hero, in that he opts to take the law into his own hands after being frustrated by the slow progress in the investigation of his lost daughter. Unfortunately he kidnaps and beats Alex to a pulp who it turns out is a victim himself. He is tenacious, patient and more importantly, reasoned, consequently he saves the lives of the two girls.
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ScreenIt Report (USA)

Sex / Nudity
2
Violence
5
Blood / Gore / Gross
5
Guns / Weapons
5
Profanity
5
Alcohol / Drugs
4
Smoking
0
Disrespectful / Bad Attitude
5
Imitative Behaviour
5
Frightening / Tense Scenes
5
Jump Scenes
3
Tense Family Scenes
5
Music (Scary/Tense)
4
Music (Inappropriate)
0
Topics to talk about
5

CommonSenseMedia Report (USA)

Suggested age limit
16 +
Positive messages
0
Positive role models
0
Violence
4
Sex
0
Language
4
Consumerism
1
Drinking, drugs, smoking
3

Ratings

Scale (Max)20

What the Critics say

Cape Argus / The Star
Theresa Smith
15
ScreenIt
C. Fuchs quote iconWhile I would have preferred a slightly trimmed-down running time (it clocks in at a bit more than two and a half hours), I was never bored, and despite the familiar plot, I was intrigued and invested in the characters from start to finish. Thank goodness the film is far more than the boilerplate offering the commercials and trailers advertised. In this case, the end result is so much more than the cover.
15
Metacritic.com
46 critics
15
Rottentomatoes critics
200 critics
14
Rottentomatoes tomatometer
Tomatometer quote iconPrisoners has an emotional complexity and a sense of dread that makes for absorbing (and disturbing) viewing.
16
Movie Review Query Engine
MRQE critics quote icon
14
CommonSenseMedia
Staff evaluation
15

What the People say

Internet
21711 Netizens quote iconA gritty, incredibly well-acted, suspenseful, thought-provoking crime drama thriller
16

Average .. 75%

15

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