Prisoners movie review: Prisoners of darkness
Villeneuve’s new film is impressive work of depth
Published: Thursday, September 26, 2013
Updated: Sunday, September 29, 2013 17:09
And Jackman finally seems able to exert explosion without being overemphatic. He’s harnessed the kind of rage central to an American machismo mentality. It comes when you can’t control what you desperately feel you need to: your own destiny, and that of your family.
Prisonersis the kind of masterful thriller that rarely comes out of the American cinema. One that has a feeling of unfolding revelation, where solving the mystery is not viewer’s main concern – the content is in the details. But here the mystery is engaging and it doesn’t end up tied together in a conclusive knot, but in a tapestry of nightmare realism.
With Villeneuve and Deakins, the camera is the eye of consciousness. Its presence in the lives of these characters leaves you thinking not whether they are all prisoners of some kind, but leaves you questioning what kind they all are.