Prisoners, 2013

You know it’s a good movie when no one opens their phones, talks, or even moves a muscle inside the theater.  That’s because either the plot, the characters, the suspense, or the combination of all three are truly thrilling.

Which is true of Prisoners, thanks in large part to the intense performances by Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhall.

Slow at times, but a thrilling ride nonetheless.  Quite the perfect whodunit.  A few minor observations/criticisms:  how does a conservative white family in rural Pennsylvania become best friends with a Black family?  And that Thanksgiving dinner was so low-key, it didn’t even come close to the average American Thanksgiving meal– what was up with that?

Overall, a fine story with twists and links that keeps you wondering and talking about it long after you’ve stepped out of the movie theater. 


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