For your Xmas Tree!
Dennis Villeneuve strikes again! The brilliant director behind “Incendies” brings us another amazing story fraught with suspense and tension in “Prisoners”, with a little help from extraordinary actors we are accustomed to seeing in big-time Hollywood productions.
The theme at the heart of the movie lies in the disappearance of two little girls on Thanksgiving Day. Joy and Anna leave the house where their parents are in order to search for a missing whistle, never to return. Villeneuve breathes fresh life into the genre with a compelling and evocative hunt for the two missing girls, having the extraordinary Hugh Jackman as one of the fathers, Mr. Dover, alongside Jake Gyllenhaal—always superb—as detective Loki, the one cop assigned for this mission.
The suspense mounts around who might have kidnapped the kids and whether they might be still alive. Against this backdrop, a suspect is immediately found by the police, but he is let go 48 hours later only to be held prisoner by Mr. Dover himself, who believes to be doing the right thing on account of the way this suspect, named Alex Jones (Paul Dano, excellent), behaves - he does seem to be hiding something, or someone.
All the actions and details throughout the movie will resonate in the solution of the mystery, and not a single detail or character presented along the story will be found irrelevant for the grand finale. Highly recommended for those who are keen on narratives laden with mystery and puzzle-solving clues, such as “Seven” and “Zodiac”. “Prisoners” really is a masterpiece!