I finally was able to see movies this weekend. And not just one but three. My husband doesn’t share the love of movie watching as I do. Normally I have to sneak under the covers at like 1am with the head phones and good ole Netflix.
So I have no idea what possessed him but I am not going to question it.
This weekend we FINALLY saw Man of Steel (we are extremely behind), Wolverine, and Prisoners. Wolverine kinda sucked. Man of Steel I liked.
Prisoners…. I just want to get stuff off my chest about this movie.
I really wanted to see this movie. I was excited when it first came out however it was so intense it gave me a headache. There was so much pressure spewing from this movie that I was so relieved when it was over.
I liked it though. It was gut wrenching and I can’t remember breathing through the movie. However some of the mystery of the story was all over the place. The point of thrillers are to leave you guessing, constantly looking for the answer while it throws you curve balls the entire time. Prisoners did do that, but a lot of times it felt like a if a few lies were being told but the liar never remembered them to channel back to them.
The story line is pretty solid. A parent’s worse nightmare; having your child go missing and finally reasoning that she was in fact abducted. Of course it would tug at your heart strings.
Both Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal star in a story that poses the question: How far would you go to protect your child?
Keller Dover’s (Jackman) daughter and a neighbor’s daughter go missing and suddenly minutes turn to hours. The only lead is a dilapidated RV that had earlier been parked on their street. Heading the investigation, Detective Loki (Gyllenhaal) arrests its driver, Alex Jones (Paul Dano), but a lack of evidence forces the only suspect’s release. Knowing his child’s life is at stake, the frantic Dover decides he has no choice but to take matters into his own hands.
I totally understand why this is a somber, dark even movie. However, right from the beginning it starts off cold and scary even before the kidnapping. Dover is a end of the world nut and has prided himself when thinking of any case scenario to survive the end of the world, the collapse of the government, etc. He seems like a hard man already.
Once the police let go of their only subject, Jackman is convinced that he knows something still and takes Jones and tortures him day in and day out for answers.
Meanwhile, you have veteran Detective Loki who has solved every case searching and following through on any lead bending the rules if he has too. His performance was spot on. Loki wasn’t just a bad ass but an intelligent one.
The main question of this story is asking us how far we would go? Is Dover going too far?
Quite plainly, the movie also shows how one heinous act creates not only victims, but more monsters.
Personally, if it was my child, there was no way I could play by the rules. How can you ask that of a parent? How many of us have said I would gladly go to jail for my kids? I have repeatedly. This is a very dark, grim, and at times is a hard film to sit through but yet it makes us ask our self how far are we from Dover? Can we just sit back and idly wait for the police or do we take the law in our hands?
This movie didn’t just try to entertain you and be done with it. There were intricate layers to each character and they leave it up to the viewer to decide what is right and wrong.
I was pulled into this mix and I wasn’t let go til the movie was over. Hence the headache.
I do recommend this movie. It made me realize that I just may be a monster.