Prisoners is a dark and intriguing film starring Hugh Jackman as Keller Drover, a father whose daughter and her friend mysteriously disappear from the front of their house, and it is Detective Loki’s (Jake Gyllenhaal) job to investigate the disappearance. When Keller decides that Detective Loki isn’t doing enough to help out, he takes matters into his own hands.
The first thing I am going to say about this film is that it is quite long, at 2.5 hours, but it is pretty well paced throughout. It never really reaches any great heights, but doesn’t seem to drag its feet too often either, as we work our way through the labyrinth of clues to find the abductor of Keller’s daughter, and Keller’s own struggles. It is very good at investigating what a father will do to find his child, especially when emotions get in the way. Disappointingly, there is a clue quite early on in the film as to the ending, and if you work it out it leaves the rest of the film a bit flat. There is also no real buildup of suspense towards the end of the film, and the ending is very poorly handled. It felt like very poor writing, and to me ruined what was a very good first half of the movie.
The performance by Hugh Jackman was excellent, and he ties the film together well. Jake Gyllenhaal is also good, but for some reason he just seems a little out of place. Its almost like there is something we are not getting about his character, its possible there was a subplot that was cut out of the final film.
Anyway, In the end it was a decent enough film, but I don’t think it justifies it’s currently very high IMDB rating. I am giving it 6.5 out of 10.