“Prisoners” Review: Jackman, Gyllenhaal and Dano Lead Chapter by Chapter Fairytale

"Prisoners" Review: Jackman, Gyllenhaal and Dano Lead Chapter by Chapter Fairytale

What is the hardest maze to get out of?

Hugh Jackman’s true Les Miserables followup (The Wolverine doesn’t count) places him in a role that is similarly tragic to Jean Valjean. As the father of one of two young girls kidnapped on Thanksgiving, he has the realistic father drive of circumventing the authorities to find his daughter at any expense.

Jake Gyllenhaal (End of Watch) plays a respectable police officer, stuck in the middle of the kidnapping case. While doing his best to lead by example, his vigilante side cycles in and out as he encounters Jackman’s character. The last two players are the story’s antagonist, played by Paul Dano (12 Years a Slave) and his mother (Melissa Leo, The Fighter) who both have equally mysterious roles.

All our main characters take turns being a prisoner in one way or another. Paul Dano may even put up with the most prisoner behavior (maybe its deserved?) and soars in his almost dialogue-less role. The whole movie shows how unfair and crazy the world can be. Jackman has an incredible performance on the heels of 2012’s Oscar nomination.

Beyond its serious themes, Prisoners is not as disturbing as other films in the same genre. Maybe this is because the visual representation of rape and child abuse disturbs the shit out of me, or the film is dynamically a fairytale. The characters are drawn out very well and each set piece feels like a new chapter. It may be long, but with emotions high and a great ending make it one of the best films of 2013.


Critically: 8/10

Personally: 9/10

By: Jonny Havey | Editor-in-Chief


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Categories: Jonny Havey, Movies, Reviews


A few years ago I founded the companies Mile High Movie Reviews, LLC and Mile High Pictures, LLC and have decided that it is time to let it go and move to bigger and better horizons. I have always been about taking the next step, and that is why you are here. I am now the founder, CEO, Producer and Editor-in-Chief of Vlizz Entertainment and hope to lead a very talented staff to success. I’ve been passionate about film ever since I saw Peter Jackson’s “The Fellowship of the Ring” (2001) and have found a love for the creativity and the business behind the industry. I am a double major in Accounting and Film Studies and Production at the University of Denver (DU) and am applying for my MBA. I will also be working towards getting my CPA license in the next few years. I have been involved in the online entertainment journalism industry since August 2010 and am excited for how social media is paving its future. My goal is to redefine the film and entertainment industry by combining my cinematic creative passion with an extensive knowledge of business, finance and most importantly accounting.

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One Comment on ““Prisoners” Review: Jackman, Gyllenhaal and Dano Lead Chapter by Chapter Fairytale”

  1. Glo
    January 10, 2014 at 2:16 PM #

    I am a fan of both actors in this film. Looking forward to seeing this film!

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