At the movies with Corner Post: ‘Prisoners’ is captivating

Rarely has a film made me sit on the edge of my seat so much as the new release, “Prisoners.” Directed by Oscar nominee Denis Villeneuve, “Prisoners” stars Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal in a story that speculates: how far would you go to protect your child?

New York Times film critique, A.O. Scott describes the film as “creepy and mysterious.”

“Prisoners” is an R-rated mystery and suspense drama with a running time of two hours and 26 minutes. Opening on September 20, 2013, it grossed $53.6 million.

Keller Dover (Jackman) is facing a parent’s worst nightmare. His 6-year-old daughter, Anna, and her young friend Joy are missing. As minutes turn to hours, panic sets in, as the only lead is a broken RV parked on their street. Heading the investigation, Detective Loki (Gyllenhaal) arrests the driver, Alex Jones (Paul Dano), but a lack of evidence forces his release.

Knowing his child’s life is at stake, Dover decides he has no choice but to take matters into his own hands, kidnapping Jones. He holds him hostage in an abandoned rundown building where he interrogates. Will Dover save his child? Is Jones innocent? Find out for yourself at a theater near you.

“Rotten Tomatoes” gave “Prisoners” an 81 percent for emotional complexity and sense of dread while it received an 89 percent audience score. I ranked it as a 95 percent satisfactory for its edge-of-the-seat thrilling captivation.

“Prisoners” is a movie that silences a room. It captures your attention so acutely that you hold your breath for fear of distracting the characters on screen. By the end, you are a willing captive, unable to tell the difference between dread and delight.

Kylee May

About the Author Kylee May

Kylee May is a freshman at MU, from the small town of Hondo, TX, who has a passion for everything she immerses herself in. May’s family moved to Sullivan, MO this summer to join her grandparents, native Missourians. May is a science and agricultural journalism major with an animal sciences minor focusing on equine. May’s dream job is to write for Western Horseman Magazine or American Quarter Horse Association.