Prisoners (2013)

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When two little girls are kidnapped and the police seem unable to prove a case against their prime suspect, their fathers choose to take matters into their own hands.

Prisoners is another abduction thriller in a similar vein to the likes of Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone and Gone Girl. Although a little generic in this respect, its major asset is another towering performance from Jake Gyllenhaal, whose intense detective draws you into the case and Dennis Villeneuve’s direction provides plenty of tension and atmosphere. The only real issue with Prisoners is the script which, although not bad by any means, is nowhere near as clever as it thinks it is; it’s just a little too contrived, a little too predictable and the twists and turns will be a little too easy to spot by anyone familiar with the genre.

For this reason it is not quite the measure of the previously mentioned films, but the fine cast and deft direction makes for a quality modern style thriller.

7/10

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