Yes, I understand that Prisoners was released last September, but that’s why this is categorized under the “Really Late Impressions” tag. And my goodness, how I wish I saw this on theaters.
I will be brief for this one as I’m still reeling from what is quite possibly the best movie of 2013. Everything about this film, at least what I can remember, is well done. Some might argue that the film moves too slowly, and that some of the events seem a bit arbitrary, but I would have to say that the pace was deliberate as moving this film on a typical Hollywood pace would exhaust the audiences. I would compare the exhaustion to that of Inception, particularly the scene where the van falls from the bridge; yes, this film is indeed exhausting, nail-bitingly tense, and cathartic by its end.
Acting wise, Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal do what is expected of them, and it is fantastic. Plot wise, this is one well-plotted thriller. There may be some scenes which seem contrived, but if they are, it just shows how well the direction goes. Cinematography wise, it looks magnificent; unsurprising for a film photographed by Roger Deakins.
Additionally, the comparison with Inception is no accident; this film contains an Inception-y ending.
- Jake Gyllenhaal on ‘Prisoners’ and Why Good Cops Have Criminal Minds (thewrap.com)
- Directors on Their Teams: Denis Villeneuve Talks ‘Prisoners’ (variety.com)
- Prisoners (2013) Film. Director: Denis Villeneuve (waitingforistanbul.wordpress.com)
- Prisoners (rogerebert.com)