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3,180 Ratings


Directed by Denis Villeneuve
United States, 2013
Thriller, Mystery


Hugh Jackman plays a desperate father whose life is shattered when his six-year-old daughter and her friend go missing on Thanksgiving, prompting him to take matters into his own hands.

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Prisoners Directed by Denis Villeneuve

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

2014 | Nominee: Best Achievement in Cinematography

New York Film Critics

2013 | Winner: Top Films of the Year

The inflated scale and intensity, with its potboiler twists and grand statements about the futility of vengeance and the wages of sin, were not only a test of Villeneuve’s skill set, but of his integrity as well — the annals of film history are replete with tales of once-idiosyncratic artists who allowed themselves to lapse into mercenary work. But as mechanical as it may be on the level of plot, the film is so richly atmospheric that its best moments transcend genre and feel genuinely poetic.
September 23, 2017
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Was Sicario made in repudiation of the politics of Prisoners? As risible twists accumulate, Prisoners slowly slips from riveting to ridiculous, but what’s most abhorrent about screenwriter Aaron Guzikowski’s conception is also what makes the film weirdly compelling…
September 03, 2015
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Prisoners, however, is hollow and… increasingly shoddy. Admittedly it’s the kind of bad movie you can recommend, the premise and moody atmosphere being enough to draw devotees of forensic crime novels and TV shows like Criminal Minds; but you wait and wait for the film to shift to the next level – a level that might justify its excessive running-time – and it just doesn’t. It’s nothing but red herrings, spurious God talk and lurid details, plus actors with Oscars in their eyes.
November 25, 2013
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