Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Follow us on   
Forum Home Register for Free! Log In Moderator Tickets FAQ Users Online


Logged in as: Guest
  Printable Version
All Forums >> [Film Forums] >> Film Reviews >> Prisoners Page: [1]
Message << Older Topic   Newer Topic >>
Prisoners - 20/9/2013 11:18:47 AM   
Empire Admin


Posts: 31667
Joined: 29/6/2005
Post your comments on this article
Post #: 1
RE: Has all the makings for the perfect thriller. - 28/9/2013 10:54:53 PM   

Posts: 12059
Joined: 30/9/2005
This is the second time in the last 7 days that I've seen a film that starts off dramatically (The Call, last Sunday), builds up into something sinister and tense, and then loses all tension in the 3rd act. Great performances from all involved, though.
Post #: 2
RE: Take No... - 1/10/2013 8:31:56 PM   
Dr Lenera


Posts: 4084
Joined: 19/10/2005
Mentioned as being much like Zodiac but actually far closer to something like Mystic River in feel , Prisoners manages, amazingly, to be almost as good as those two fine films. It’s a striking thriller that takes the viewer on a gripping ride without resorting much silliness or the typical histrionics. It’s also extremely morally ambiguous and complex, deliberately setting out to make any viewer uncomfortable. Make no mistake, despite not containing things like jump scares or gratuitous gore [though there is at least one really uncomfortable scene of brutality] this is a really dark film, a brave, intense experience that doesn’t give you any easy answers and asks questions about things like responsibility and what is justifiable. Moving leisurely but never once losing its grip over two and a half hours, it’s full of twists and turns and, while restrained in its ‘action’, makes simple things like a search in a cellar the most scary of things. Meanwhile Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaul are simply stunning in their lead roles and deserve Oscar nominations. Jackman goes darker and deeper into the human psyche then he has ever done before and constantly changes your perception of his character, while Gyllenhaul, though having the less flashy role, gives his rather straight forward character immense depth by really clever nuances. Some of the film’s best scenes simply have the two guys talking, the incredible performances and Aaron Guzikowsk’s excellent dialogue doing the work.

This is not to say the film doesn’t look great, the always excellent work of Roger Deakins really shining in this, creating some beautiful compositions often involving darkness and rain. The one over-the-top scene, a drive to save someone’s life, is shot in the most gorgeous manner and made me think of Taxi Driver no less. A few elements of the plot are not too well thought through and to be honest the last half an hour is distinctly weaker than what preceeds it. Overall this remains a fine and intelligent movie….though expect to feel very uneasy afterwards. I do….though I mean that as a compliment. Even if you don’t enjoy it, you’ll think about it. But that title….hey come on, you could have thought of something better.


check out more of my reviews on
Post #: 3
RE: Pretty much an Excellent movie - 10/10/2013 1:22:47 AM   

Posts: 60
Joined: 10/10/2013
Fantastic film,Jackman has never been better.Moral quandaries abound in a claustrophobic tension.
Very long and tense,but worth it.
The ending??SPOILER ALERT******


Film.Involve me,engage me,encapsulate me,make me feel.
Never disinterest me.
Post #: 4
RE: Prisoners - 24/10/2013 10:22:23 AM   
No Diggity


Posts: 33
Joined: 16/1/2013
very effective thriller....apart from the performances which are good (Jackmans wasn't that great,,he had plenty to go on),,you get a real sense of the place....and even though its well over two hours long, it doesn't lag once...
Post #: 5
RE: Prisoners - 8/12/2013 5:40:07 PM   

Posts: 3961
Joined: 30/9/2005
From: Istanpool
just was watching this and I thought it was great. Exciting from the beginning till the end. I highly recommend this film.


WHOA. I don't believe what I'm hearing. Check out the BALLS on this kid. Hey Spider, this is for you.

My movies

(in reply to No Diggity)
Post #: 6
RE: Prisoners - 9/12/2013 1:13:56 PM   

Posts: 443
Joined: 13/10/2008
Really great thriller with a gripping story (though less so in the last half hour as has been said) and fine performances. Probably the best film of the year that has big name actors in it and I'd call it a top 10 overall. The final scene has been stuck on my head since seeing it.

(in reply to m_er)
Post #: 7
Cracking Low Key Thriller - 9/12/2013 4:28:51 PM   


Posts: 16
Joined: 22/8/2012
From: Greece
Stand Out Performance from Jake Gyllenhaal as the quirky, off-beat, tick'n all detective

(in reply to Empire Admin)
Post #: 8
RE: Prisoners - 19/12/2013 3:16:31 PM   


Posts: 519
Joined: 27/11/2008
Surprisingly not depressing and rather good.

(in reply to Empire Admin)
Post #: 9
RE: Prisoners - 28/12/2013 10:18:39 AM   


Posts: 101
Joined: 28/12/2013
This movie is a bold, brave and unforgettable slice of filmmaking that pulls you deep into the mix and doesn't let go.

(in reply to spamandham)
Post #: 10
RE: Prisoners - 28/12/2013 11:09:54 AM   

Posts: 964
Joined: 30/9/2005
Awesome film, although I wasn't too keen on the ending, it all felt a bit cliched; like the finale couldn't live up to the previous two hours promise. Lots of people would disagree though. Just a truly great film with superb performances.

< Message edited by Drone -- 28/12/2013 11:10:05 AM >

(in reply to chang)
Post #: 11
Political undercurrent???? - 10/2/2014 10:42:46 AM   


Posts: 75
Joined: 9/11/2009
I dont know what the fuck Dan Jolin is on about, there is ZERO reference to Iraq the middle east or the war on terror. Its just a dank, tense, kidnaping thriller. If theres an undercurrent, its religious...but that adds to the creepiness.
This was surprsingly better than I thought and very enjoyable. It keeps the tension and is not an obvious whodunnit which is refreshing.

(in reply to Empire Admin)
Post #: 12
RE: Political undercurrent???? - 23/4/2014 3:44:41 PM   
Vitamin F


Posts: 563
Joined: 6/10/2005
From: Norn Ireland, so it is
Great film and fantastic performances from Jackman and Gyllenhaal - for me Jackman just edged it, as this was an intense side to him I'd not seen before.
Much better film than I expected it to be, and I thought the final scene worked perfectly, it didn't require another second of exposition.

(in reply to Samurai7)
Post #: 13
Easily imprisons you - 3/1/2015 8:11:30 AM   


Posts: 252
Joined: 30/9/2005
Relentlessly grim and downbeat thriller following the impact that the abduction of two little girls has on their respective families. In Jackman’s case, it involves kidnapping the chief suspect and imprisoning/ torturing him. Although way too long, the film exerts a tight grip on its audience, with Jackman delivering some great work as the desperate father. Its chiefly distinguished by some extraordinary camerawork from the great Roger Deakins.

(in reply to Empire Admin)
Post #: 14
A few plot weaknesses - 4/1/2015 1:58:37 PM   


Posts: 18
Joined: 20/12/2014
Hugh Jackman went to the auntie's house knowing she was a suspect and allowed himself to be taken prisoner by a little old lady, leaving his gun in his bag and told her he knew she was involved while his back was to her. Silly. The cop after saving the girl drove to the hospital in his car at top speed with the blue flashing lights of an unmarked police car but it had no siren. Get a British one, they all have loud sirens. Silly.

(in reply to Empire Admin)
Post #: 15
PRISONERS review with Bleeding Critic - 14/7/2015 11:47:25 AM   
Bleeding Critic


Posts: 32
Joined: 14/7/2015
I include an external link to my own review for PRISONERS for you to watch:

(in reply to Empire Admin)
Post #: 16
3 Stars?!?!?!!??! Joke! - 10/9/2015 10:12:05 AM   


Posts: 221
Joined: 3/11/2005
Stunning film. Had me on the edge of my seat from start to finish!

(in reply to Empire Admin)
Post #: 17
Page:   [1]
All Forums >> [Film Forums] >> Film Reviews >> Prisoners Page: [1]
Jump to:

New Messages No New Messages
Hot Topic w/ New Messages Hot Topic w/o New Messages
Locked w/ New Messages Locked w/o New Messages
 Post New Thread
 Reply to Message
 Post New Poll
 Submit Vote
 Delete My Own Post
 Delete My Own Thread
 Rate Posts

Movie News  |  Empire Blog  |  Movie Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Video Interviews  |  Image Gallery  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  Magazine  |  Resources
Forum Software © ASPPlayground.NET Advanced Edition 2.4.5 ANSI