'Prisoners' is a tense dramatic story about the mysterious disappearance of two young girls and the lengths at which their fathers, Hugh Jackman and Terrence Howard, will go to rescue them while a police officer, Jake Gyllenhaal, tries to use every legal mean at his disposal to accomplish the same.
The standard opening credits is seemingly traded for an extended opening sequence that helps to set up a story that unfolds to resembles the plot of Taken (missing girl sought after by a vengeful father (Jackman instead of Neeson) with no quarter for the perpetrators or anything else that stands in his way). But that's where the similarities end, as the film quickly becomes a desperate search (similar to many police television dramas). But the story quickly takes a turn that seems more X-Files than Law & Order and sends the story into an entirely new direction. With this we see several scenes where you almost expect Jackman's Adamantium claws to come out, a la Wolverine.
As the story progresses, there are several increasingly dr
amatic elements featured including astounding performances, uncanny twists, clever deception, egregious torture, truly insane psychopaths, police brutality, suicide, repressed alcoholism, religious strife, a very astonishing resolution to the missing girls, and a hitcock-esque cliffhanger ending. But after the credits, there isn't a surprise teaser for a sequel, so don't get your hopes up. Overall, an entertaining movie that has a very satisfactory conclusion (in that unavoidable karma sort of way).
At the close, I would like to thank Epic Theaters for their providing a very amiable theater in which to view this (and other) films and recommend that you go to one of their several local locations for your next cinematic experience.