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Prisoners (2013)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery  |  20 September 2013 (USA)
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When Keller Dover's daughter and her friend go missing, he takes matters into his own hands as the police pursue multiple leads and the pressure mounts. But just how far will this desperate father go to protect his family?


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Joy Birch (as Kyla-Drew Simmons)


How far would you go to protect your family? Keller Dover is facing every parent's worst nightmare. His six-year-old daughter, Anna, is missing, together with her young friend, Joy, and as minutes turn to hours, panic sets in. The only lead is a dilapidated RV that had earlier been parked on their street. Heading the investigation, Detective Loki arrests its driver, Alex Jones, but a lack of evidence forces his release. As the police pursue multiple leads and pressure mounts, knowing his child's life is at stake the frantic Dover decides he has no choice but to take matters into his own hands. But just how far will this desperate father go to protect his family? Written by Warner Bros. Pictures

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Rated R for disturbing violent content including torture, and language throughout | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

20 September 2013 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La sospecha  »

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$46,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$20,817,053 (USA) (20 September 2013)


$60,962,878 (USA) (29 November 2013)

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Did You Know?


To play Holly Jones, Melissa Leo wore a grey wig and a foam rubber posterior prepared by costume designer Renée April in order to "ground" her character. Leo also requested the props assistants to avoid cleaning her glasses after each day's shooting. See more »


When Loki leaves Keller's house and is sitting in his car about to leave, he has a toothpick in his mouth. Keller runs out of the house to speak to him and Loki curses, opens the car window and talks to Keller while still chewing the toothpick. In the very next scene showing Loki in the car, the toothpick is gone. See more »


[first lines]
Keller Dover: Our Father, who art in Heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours, now and forever. Amen.
Ralph Dover: [shoots a deer]
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Referenced in Midnight Screenings: Prisoners/Battle of the Year 3D (2013) See more »


Put Your Hand In The Hand
Written by Gene MacLellan
Performed by Ocean
Courtesy of Buddah Records
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a gritty, incredibly well-acted, suspenseful, thought-provoking crime drama thriller
22 September 2013 | by (Malaysia) – See all my reviews

Prisoners is a gritty, incredibly well-acted, suspenseful, thought-provoking crime drama thriller. The film mainly focus on the choices taken and the consequences faced by the characters when worst things happen to them.

It simply raises the question: When your kid's life is at stake, how far are you willing to do to protect your family? It explores the likelihood of human behaviour when such crime is happening to us, blurring the lines between good and bad people.

For a 153 minute movie, the story does unfolds at a slow and solemn pace (which hurts the film and might bore some audiences) but the dramatic scenes performed by the main cast members in the film will keep you engaged. Hugh Jackman and Jack Gyllenhaal both giving intense, Oscar-worthy performances here, defining and developing their characters with various layers of emotions: affection, anger, grief, empathy, guilt...throughout the film.

The film's atmosphere, heavy rains, stormy days and icy cold winter managed to create a dark, dreadful environment to make up the dreary and haunting mood in the film. Every violent action taken by the characters are acts of desperation given that they are running out of time.

However, the film is not perfect. Despite some plot problems from the various twists and turns shown in the film, the superb performances from the casts was sufficient enough to make the story succeed and believable.

Highly recommended for those who wanted to watch a serious drama thriller with powerful, engaging acting performances from its talented casts.


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