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Prisoners (2013) Movie Review

Are you willing to go too far to save your children? To protect them from external threats that would jeopardize their safety, are you ready to throw away your pride and keep them?

Prisoners is a 2013 American thriller featuring the extraordinary acting talents of Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal—a story about a father trying to find his missing daughter after she was abducted in daylight.

Plot Overview

The story begins with two families, the Dovers and Birches, celebrating a nice Thanksgiving together. Both families spend time in a simple dinner while telling stories about each other. After dinner, the family's daughters' Anna Dover and Joy Birch, went missing after playing near an RV parked outside their home. They reported it immediately to the police, and Detective Loki responded. He locates the vehicle and arrests the man inside, Alex Jones. However, during the investigation, his diminished IQ concluded that he could not plan the kidnapping. Detective Loki begins investigating local pedophiles, which leads him to examine the house of a priest and find a corpse inside.

The police released Alex and brought him back to his aunt, Holly. One of the kidnapped girls' fathers, Keller Dover, gets angry upon hearing the news and assaults Alex. He gets furious when he tells him something about their daughters, which leads Keller to believe that he kidnapped his daughter. Loki continues the investigation but cannot find any evidence of Alex. Keller decides to take the matter into his own hands by kidnapping Alex and torturing him in an abandoned building that he owns. However, Keller wasn't given any information or leads about his daughter's whereabouts.

Keller intensifies his torturing methods on Alex, but he still doesn't disclose any information. As days pass, he worries about his daughter's safety. Detective Loki is also on pins and needles trying to solve the case.


Prisoners is a thriller film that brought in the talents of Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, Terrence Howard, and Paul Dano. It is an incredible film by Dennis Villanueva, who also directed some classics like Sicario, the Dune franchise, and many more.

You cannot go into watching this film without praising the acting talents of Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal. However, Paul Dano may have played some incredible roles in his career, but he takes it up a notch when he portrays Alex Jones.

The story of this film features a couple of twists, but it's nicely structured and shows well the emotions a father had to go through when his innocent daughter was kidnapped. It also shows what he is willing to do to obtain information and how it destroys his insanity.

The film sometimes shows cruelty and abuse, but that's the point. It doesn't need to be perfect and nice. Sometimes, human emotions must be considered to add reality to a fictional story.

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