Photographed by the excellent Roger Deakins (“No Country For Old Men,” “Shawshank Redemption,” the list goes on and on), Prisoners has a heavy, grey atmosphere that matches the intensity of the story without ever distracting from it. We see details of faces, places, and weather with such clarity that over the course of the film they become a collective moody character unto themselves.
The movie is long, but the even pacing makes the length unnoticable until you drag yourself from your theater seat at the end, and there isn't a moment that's not riveting. As “Prisoners” progresses you are dragged further and further into what can only be described as a puzzle built in Dante's Inferno, and the twists and turns of the plot will keep you guessing until the bitter end.
If you’re in the mood to sit on the edge of your seat for two and half hours, gritting your teeth through a compelling progression of events surrounding the abduction and subsequent search for two young girls, then Prisoners is the movie to see. Though it is not for the faint of heart, those who do venture out will be rewarded with a powerful and complex movie experience. Viewers beware! “Prisoners” will hold you hostage.
Deb Bauder is a life-long cinema devotee who will see anything and everything, no holds barred. She lives in Cazenovia and works in Ithaca (yes, it's a long drive). Deb can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.