Film Review

Prisoners (DVD): Review

The Film

How far would you go to save your child? Keller Dover (Hugh Jackman) goes far, crossing the line. With Detective Loki (Jake Gyllenhaal) close on his heels. With Dover’s daughter and friend missing, Prisoners is a drama about family, and loved ones, and an intense thriller.

Plot twists and red herrings a-plenty, the police pursue multiple leads, Keller Dover follows his own leads, and they all come together in one of the most unpredicable endings of late.

Prisoners is well acted, and well written. The phenomenal cast bring the characters to life on-screen, while the editing and setting bring that feeling of foreboding that chills us all.

For anyone interested in a dramatic thriller, Prisoners is one ride that will suck you in, and leave you wanting more.

The Disc

The disc is encoded at a high bitrate, meaning there are no on-screen artefacts, and should the viewer have an appropriate system, it can be scaled up to an HD screen. Sound is mixed in 5.1 audio, but this type of story does not lend itself to much use of the surrounds. Some scenes however create a great atmospheric effect, drawing the viewer into the scene, and making you part of the setting.

There are no special features on the disc, but at just under two and a half hours, there is likely not much room left on the DVD for bonus material, and it’s better to have the main title encoded for clarity, than to try squeeze more onto the disc.

Prisoners is available now in South African stores.

By Andrew Germishuys

Founder of SAMDB, Andrew has worked full time in the film industry since the early 2000's. He has trained as an actor, completing his LAMDA Gold Medal, and attending many courses in Cape Town acting studios, with masterclasses with some of the international industries top directors, producers and filmmakers.

Working as an actor and armourer in the film and television industry have given Andrew a great balance of skills across the board when it comes to the entertainment industry.

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