Prisoners is the story of an ex-alcoholic turned Christian, Keller. When catching up with another family both the daughters go to play outside where they disappear. Detective Loki, a detective who solved every case he's been assigned to, arrives to help solve the case. When the main suspect is proven innocent he's kidnapped by Keller who must decide how far he'd go to get his daughters back.
Prisoners is an incredible film. There is not a single negative thing I can think of about this film. It's just perfect. The acting is outstanding, the cinematography is beautiful, the film is gripping, intense and has an amazing and well planned screenplay. Prisoners is without a doubt the single greatest film to come out this year and I highly doubt that any film will get close to how amazing this film is. I just love it so much!
Every actor in this film gives an oscar worthy performance. When I say this I mean everyone! The kids and teens who appear for only a little proportion of the film do terrifically. Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Terrance Howard and Maria Bello just do sensation with their roles. At least one of these actors, if not all of them, deserve to win some sort of an award for their performances. Not to mention the suspect and his aunt, Paul Dano and Melissa Leo who give an amazing and at times insidious performance.
Prisoners is very intense and brutal, but gripping. I have nothing against the intensity and brutality in the film because it's not over done or there to be there. There's meaning behind every punch to the face Hugh Jackman gives in some of the torture sequences of the film. The level of brutality and intensity only makes this film more gripping. The premise to begin with intrigues me, but the acts that the people in the film commit just pull me further in and leave me hanging on the edge of my seat for what felt like the whole length of the film.
The film's cinematography is beautiful. The film isn't a fast cutting hard to watch cram as many angles as we can type of film. The cuts in the film are clever, original and beautiful. The moving shots feature little to no shaky cam so I as an audience member can see everything that's happening in the film without having to squint and move my head as the camera is continuously bobbing up and down. The cinematography is very impressive.
Prisoners features a well planned out screenplay that really impressed me. Every word that comes out of these character's mouths is just perfect. There are multiple scenes in the film with hardly any dialogue in them and when it looks like a character is going to talk I very much look forward to that moment. As well as the dialogue, everything in the film is set up and clues are given right from the start of the film. We just don't realise it until the credits end. The dialogue itself hints at the plot twists and turns, we just don't know that whilst listening eagerly to it.
To sum up, Prisoners is an incredible, well acted, intense thriller. It's original, clever, gripping and features beautiful cinematography. Everything about this film is just perfect.