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Prisoners Rating: 4/5

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Ratings:4/5 Review By: Rajeev Masand Site: Masand’s Verdict :CNN IBN

Although cut from the same cloth as such fine procedurals as David Fincher’s Zodiac and the multiple Oscar-winning The Silence of the Lambs, Prisoners feels closer in spirit to Ben Affleck’s terrific directorial debut Gone Baby Gone. Like that film, this is also a labyrinthine story about the search for kidnapped children that leaves you to ponder over a crucial moral issue. Despite an overlong final act, Prisoners is a remarkable exploration of characters under pressure. Packed with surprising twists, it keeps you guessing until the end. I’m going with four out of five. Don’t miss it.

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Ratings:4.5/5 Review By: Gavin Rasquinha Site:Times Of India (TOI)

The violence isn’t glamourised, but looks as real as possible and therefore, sometimes disturbing. Most visual cues are suggested, but are never overt. A film with many emotional components, the visceral panic, desperation and helplessness any parent would feel when their children are abducted, forms its bedrock. Each watershed point takes its own time to build. This ensures that you will want to pay attention to the details that makes Prisoners so enjoyable. Note: You may not like this film if you don’t enjoy dark thrillers that touch on morality issues.

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Ratings:4/5 Review By: Tushar Joshi Site:DNA

Prisoners is a tight psychological thriller that weaves a superb story of kidnapping layering it with so many different emotional twists and turns that you stay with the protagonist till the end. Villeneuve manages to create a uniform tone to the film till the very end. The suspense and thrill is real. Also dialogues and the interactions between the families is so heart felt that you want them to triumph and find their toddlers.Prisoners is a tight gripping thriller that will engage you from the very first frame.

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Ratings:3.5/5 Review By: Neha Pinto Site:Bookmyshow

When good and bad come into battle, who wins? But before that, what is good and what is bad? The answer for these question has left many a thinkers baffled and confused. Prisoners falls in that rare category of films that seeks to give an answer to these unanswerable questions with utmost neutrality and without sounding preachy. A twisted film like this is sure to leave a lasting impression. If you watched The Frozen Ground and thought it was a classy crime-thriller, watch Prisoner’s and you will be numbed. The film is easily one of the most disturbing film’s of the year.

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    What ‘THE CONJURING’ did to horror, ‘PRISONERS’ does to thriller! [3.5/5]

    In order to keep you glued to your seats, regular thrillers often try to bomb every trick mentioned in the rulebook on you, one after other. Exhaustively pacey narration, deliberately designed twists, in your face-jaw dropping action, over the top drama and what not…but it all looks so gimmick-so unreal-so unconvincing when you experience Denis Villeneuve’s PRISONERS.

    PRISONERS belongs to the same genre but mainly to a minimal sub-part of it that doesn't believe in all those textbook rules and absorbs your soul in its atmospheric mood and the intensity of the actions. The complex human behavior itself plays so hard as an integral motivator that you don’t feel alienated to what is happening on the screen. It is dark, murky, intricate, violent, layered, riveting and a pure thriller to enjoy-indulge & invade!

    When law enforcement agencies [Jake Gyllenhaal as an out-and-out dedicated police detective] find it hard to book a possible suspect in a child-abduction case lacking enough evidential proofs, father of one such girl [Huge Jackman, riding high on emotions rather than showing muscular strength] decides to take charge in his hands, illegally of course. But the density in the maze to track down the offender is so thick that even a far-sighted would need to think twice before guessing who’s behind all.

    From the very first frame, film creates a perfect ambiance for a thriller with the suspenseful chilly-frosty-foggy woods of Pennsylvania as the base of events. Camera beautifully captures and extracts the mystical feel from those wooden houses to torch-lit shots used mostly for the dark places to explore and investigate. But as I have made it clear above, the focus is always on how human behavior gets adulterated by the heat of the situation and complexities take over. And to show it better, nothing but the performances emerge as the winner.

    Two towering infernos here are subtle at the most parts but when the break down happens, you should never miss a moment. The way Jake reproaches his supervisor for not being supportive is hilarious. The way Jackman as a helpless father shows his angst and aggravation while torturing the possible suspect in his illegal custody is disturbingly bone-chilling. His hard-to-break instinct to believe that the man in his charge is the culprit they all are looking out for is very contagious.

    The name Denis Villeneuve is well-associated with the Oscar-nominated incest-thriller INCENDIES. That was a complete awe-striking movie that takes your breath away with its exceptional ending. This is not that but still a genre-defying effort.

    One or two not-so hard-to crack twists, a slow pace that might work in negative to lose your constant consideration and a little drawn out duration of the film [153 min is quite unseen-unexpected for recent Hollywood movies] could easily be avoided if you have an urge to watch good thriller with performances of first rate. This is definitely season’s best. What ‘THE CONJURING’ did to horror, ‘PRISONERS’ does to thriller! [3.5/5]

  2. Gaurav bhai thanks for you're review yaar

  3. Vins from Oracle Bangalore. It's an excellent thriller, good work done and script.

    If you have seen The Bone Collector which is my favorite and other mystery crime investigation films, you will love this movie. I also watched Rush after this film on Sunday. That is also great movie, a true story about two formula one rivals. Both made my weekend great !! Go for it. 3.56 out of 5 for both films.

  4. watched night show yesterday..within 10min it captures viewer till last shot (i really mean till last second)..in between when Hugh Jackman tortures that guy repeatedly..i thought this could have been cut from movie to short the length..MUST watch IN THEATRE…for its sound effect..

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