When choosing movies for entertainment and review, I usually consider the length of the film. If the movie is more than two and a half hours it is usually designated a DVD viewing, unless the special effects are presented in IMAX or 3D and warrant the “Big Screen.” The simple reason for this is that I prefer my own recliner, my own snacks, and time outs for bathroom breaks, in my own home. Canadian director Denis Villeneuve’s “Prisoners,” which clocked in at two hours and 20 minutes, went right to my DVD select viewing category and was released yesterday by Redbox. Here is my rundown.
Keller (Hugh Jackman) and Franklin (Terrance Howard) are two regular guys who are living in the same neighborhood, and who like to share Thanksgiving together with their families. After having their feast and then celebrating in a wine induced aftermath, Keller, Franklin, and their wives, agree to let their two little girls go out to play. When the girls do not return things change from cozy to hysterical. An RV had been spotted parked down the street where the girls were playing and now the police force, which are doing a massive search, and Detective Loki (Jake Gyllenhaal), have a chief suspect. The problem is, is that the suspect, Alex Jones (Paul Dano), is a learning impaired individual with the IQ of a ten-year old. How could someone with the IQ of a ten-year old capture two little girls, let alone drive an RV?
Jones is brought in by the police and then let go for lack of evidence, but Keller won’t leave it alone. He feels that Jones is taunting both him and the police by releasing little tid-bits of information which may be clues. Keller now take matters into his own hands, and lets just things are about to get real ugly. Meanwhile, the police are shaking down known sex offenders in the neighborhood and turn up the corpse of a grown man in home of a priest.
This is an intense crime thriller with a lot of plot twist and the movie will keep you engaged. Jackman puts in another fine performance as the raging father of a missing daughter, and Gyllenhaal is good in the role of Detective Loki ─ a man who is dealing with some demons of his own. “Prisoners” is a good rent: see it.
My Rating 4 of 5 Red Whistles.