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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hugh Jackman ... Keller Dover
Jake Gyllenhaal ... Detective Loki
Viola Davis ... Nancy Birch
Maria Bello ... Grace Dover
Terrence Howard ... Franklin Birch
Melissa Leo ... Holly Jones
Paul Dano ... Alex Jones
Dylan Minnette ... Ralph Dover
Zoë Soul ... Eliza Birch
Erin Gerasimovich ... Anna Dover
Kyla-Drew ... Joy Birch (as Kyla-Drew Simmons)
Wayne Duvall ... Captain Richard O'Malley
Len Cariou ... Father Patrick Dunn
David Dastmalchian ... Bob Taylor
Brad James ... Officer Carter
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Storyline

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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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 September 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Prisoners See more »

Filming Locations:

Conyers, Georgia, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$46,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,817,053, 22 September 2013, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$61,002,302, 13 February 2015

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$122,126,687, 12 January 2014
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Detective Loki's cards reveal his full name to be David Wayne Loki. See more »

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When Alex tries to escape and smashes the window and is then shoved up against the wall with the window, the wall wobbles. See more »

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[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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What to Expect: Prisoners
22 September 2013 | by ck10101980See all my reviews

Why You Might Like It: I can go on and on about the good things in this film and why most viewers will enjoy it. It has an outstanding cast that play their parts well, the directing and cinematography are gripping, and the story is something to marvel. This is an excellent film that I highly recommend.

Why You Might Not Like It: I don't know why anyone wouldn't enjoy the movie. It does run over 2 hours, so some movie-goers might think that is a bit too long, but I don't think this movie will lose anyone's interest.

Acting/Casting: 9.5* - As mentioned, the casting and acting is outstanding. Hugh Jackman gives the best performance of his career in my opinion. Paul Dano is downright creepy and plays his part to a tee. Jake Gyllenhaal, Terrence Howard, Maria Bello and the rest of the cast do great work as well.

Directing/Cinematography/Technical: 8.5* - Let me just say that Denis Villeneuve has made his mark in the US after this one. The directing in this movie is gripping and pulls the viewer in from start to finish. I can't say enough about all of the small things that go into making the atmosphere in the movie amazing (the weather, the buildings, music, etc.)

Plot/Characters: 8.5* - This is arguably one of the better abduction/kidnapping stories that I have seen. The plot is deep and has many layers that keep the viewer guessing all the way up until the very end. There is no doubt that the story plays a huge role in the final product that you see on the screen.

Entertainment Value: 9* - It keeps you guessing throughout and on the edge of your seat from start to finish. Movies like this are why we go to the movies. Get out and see it.

My Score: 9.5+8.5+8.5+9 = 35.5/4 = 8.875 Email your thoughts to filmwatchinfool@gmail.com


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