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Prisoners (2013)

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. (R, 153 min.)


Thursday, June 29, 2023

7:00 PM

Synopsis: Abduction thriller starring Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal and Paul Dano. Well-to-do family man Keller Dover (Jackman) is thrown into a world of paranoia and suspicion when his daughter and her friend go missing. With the only lead being a run-down RV which was parked outside the house, Detective Loki (Gyllenhaal) heads an investigation into the disappearance, tracks down the vehicle and arrests the driver (Dano), but a lack of evidence pointing to the man's guilt leads to him being released from custody. Feeling that justice will be a long time coming and that his daughter's life may be in danger, Keller takes matters into his own hands and begins a desperate search to find the two girls... [Warner Bros]

Starring: Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Terrence Howard, Viola Davis, Maria Bello
Director: Denis Villeneuve
Genre(s): Crime, Drama, Mystery

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"A devastating psychological thriller."

— David Hiltbrand, Philadelphia Inquirer

"One of the most satisfying thrillers we have seen in quite some time."

— Donald Clarke, Irish Times

"Hugh Jackman gives the performance of his career as a father seeking two kidnapped girls in Denis Villeneuve's taut thriller."

— Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times

"Prisoners is a dark, deeply serious examination of how loss can unhinge us; it grabs onto you, and you may have trouble shaking it away."

— Moira Macdonald, The Seattle Times

"When it comes to thrillers, this one is as good as it gets. Not for the squeamish, but for anyone who loves movies, it’s too exhilarating to miss."

— Rex Reed, Observer

"Exciting, terrifying, worrisome stuff saturates every second of Prisoners, holding you captive, keeping you guessing until the bitter end."

— Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times

"The picture is often graphic and pulls no punches in its disturbing violence, but its unflinching nature gives it a memorable sear that won't soon be forgotten."

— Rodrigo Perez, The Playlist

"Prisoners is infused with a poetic intensity that's rare in American thrillers. The closest cinematic comparisons would be 'Zodiac,' 'In the Bedroom' and 'Mystic River.'"

— Claudia Puig, USA Today

"Before all else, Villneuve's grim chronicle of the fallout when two young girls vanish in a small town succeeds at crafting one powerfully suspenseful moment after another."

— Eric Kohn, IndieWire

"The thriller that's exciting, cathartic, and powerfully disturbing. Prisoners is that type of movie. It's rooted in 40 years of Hollywood revenge films, yet it also breaks audacious new ground."

— Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly

"A simmering pressure cooker of a thriller, Prisoners is an unforgiving but emotionally rewarding experience sustained by powerhouse performances, taut scripting and Villeneuve’s tonally assured direction."

— Emma Dibdin, Total Film

"An impressive US debut for French-Canadian director Denis Villeneuve, dramatic thriller Prisoners is a potent mix of suspense, emotion and intrigue that draws intense performances from leads Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal."

— John Hazelton, Screen Daily

"Prisoners is the kind of movie that can quiet a room full of casual thrill-seekers. It absorbs and controls your attention with such assurance that you hold your breath for fear of distracting the people on screen, exhaling in relief or amazement at each new revelation."

— A.O. Scott, The New York Times