#233: Prisoners (2013)

When and how did I watch this?

September 9th, 2015, on Amazon Prime.

Had I seen this film already?


What did I know about the movie before watching it?

Very little, besides that it’s NOT a foreign film.

What do I know about it now?

Typical modern American suspense thriller, complete with tough guy vigilante Wolverine and a no-fail cop guy who can’t get a lead, but then stumbles upon key evidence when all hope is lost.  While the movie did what it was supposed to — give me some palpitations, and my wife a heart attack — the presentation was predictable.  It even featured the classic evil-person-giving-the-plot-away moment, which really lowered my perception of this one.

What are some themes in the film?

Torture, kidnapping, and more torture. Not much depth in this department.

Did this affect me personally?

A couple of more gruesome moments might stick.  Otherwise, no.

Why is this ranked #233?

It’s new-ish, it’s a thriller, it has Wolverine in it, and lots of blood and F bombs and stuff like that. People like these kinds of movies.  As my wife pointed out, it was like Elite Squad without the political stuff.  Not sure why it’s above several others, unless torture is a merit for quality films.

Did my wife watch/like it?

She enjoyed it, but we had to stop partway to finish reading the plot because she said she was gonna have nightmares.

Would I watch it again?

Probably not.

Would I recommend it to a friend?

Depends on what kind of films they like.  Some of the violence and the profanity was tough to handle, along with the whole element of kidnapping children, which many parents might make them feel helpless and queasy.

Does it deserve to be on this list as one of the greatest films of all time?

Not really.  It was nice, but I wasn’t exactly moved.

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