Prisoners Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Prisoners

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    MA15+: Strong themes and violence.

  • The pitch:

    Will hold you captive.

  • Starring:

    Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, Maria Bello, Terrence Howard, Melissa Leo, Paul Dano, Dylan Minnette, Zoe Borde

  • Directed by:

    Denis Villeneuve

  • Running time:

    153 minutes

  • Rated:

    MA15+ (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    Children kidnapped, a man commits suicide (gunshot). People are shot, punched, tormented, shoved, wrestled, threatened at gunpoint, bound, gagged, hooded, tortured, threatened with objects, beaten, pursued, head-slammed. Home invasions, property damage, smashed objects. An animal is shot, an animal is near-choked. Head-on collision, smashed windscreen, dangerous driving. Suicide mentioned (newspaper report). A television plays a war movie (planes, bombs, explosions, soldiers). Arguing, shouting, screaming. Sex offenders, killing children, abducting children, pornography mentioned. Blood/gore: Animal corpse, animal head. Human corpse tied to chair. Bloody cuts, bloody faces, blood on clothing, bloody hands, bloody bullet wound, split lip, severe swelling, bruising, bandage. Evidence photos (blood-splattered clothing).

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Flirting.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Sedated child. Child injected with unknown drug (hypodermic needle seen entering skin). Prescription pills. Abducted child drugged with LSD mentioned. Alcohol (wine, spirits), inebriation.

  • LANGUAGE:

    F-words, s-words, a-words. Name-calling. Religious references and exclamations. Regional, cultural, disability stereotypes.

  • THEMES:

    Missing children, kidnapping, survival, police investigation, crime scene, vigilante justice, desperation, suspicion, moral dilemmas, Thanksgiving, family, sobriety, inadequacy, helplessness, righteousness.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Hospital setting. Video of missing child. Estranged husband, step-father, deceased parents, deceased child (cancer) mentioned. Rat, dogs, snakes, flies. Snake phobia mentioned. Slicing deer meat.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Spellbinding, effective, tense, unflinching, riveting, exciting, cathartic, powerful, disturbing, potent, ambitious, complex, grisly, gruesome, unnerving, triumphant, brilliant, nail-biting, graphic, violent, dark, engrossing, brooding, visceral, compelling, fascinating, sombre, twisting, intense, exhilarating. Rich, twisting script. Outstanding performances, vivid characters, wrenching subject-matter, formidable editing, haunting score, immaculate tone, masterly film-making, excellent cast, rousing ending, visually eloquent, emotionally bruising.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Exhausting, relentless, humourless, claustrophobic, bleak. Third act strains credibility.

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