Julie’s Review Room: “The Prisoners”

“Prisoners” stars Hugh Jackman as a man whose daughter is abducted and Jake Gyllenhaal as the detective who searches for her.

This is a parent’s worst nightmare, but it’s made even more deplorable when the singular suspect, a truly creepy Paul Dano, appears to be innocent. The question then becomes: Just how far will this father go to find his daughter?

“Prisoners” is certainly not a new story and at 2 and a half hours long, it struggles to maintain intensity. There are some implausible plot twists towards the end and also a few very important questions that go completely unanswered.

The highlight of “Prisoners” ends up being its stars, especially Hugh Jackman who fills this tormented father with a quiet rage. He and Gyllenhaal have great chemistry but the rest of the film doesn’t live up to their performances so I’m giving “Prisoners” a C.

New on DVD this week is one of the biggest hits of the summer, “World War Z” starring Brad Pitt.  Those of us who LOVED the book version by Max Brooks were  disappointed when this came out & the story had been completely revamped.  It ended up looking like every other modern zombie story out there, even tamer in some cases, thanks to the PG-13 rating. It’s still a pretty DECENT zombie flick though, so I also gave World War Z a C when it came out. It’s an excellent renter for a night at home though, and you’ve gotta give Brad Pitt props for rocking the shaggy-do and facial hair. Shouldn’t look good but somehow he pulls it off!

(Credit: Warner Brothers)

(Credit: Warner Brothers)


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