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What makes one movie more disturbing than others? For me, it's the fact that the film is realistic. It's believable, and the horrors contained within this story could just have easily happened to you, or someone you love. PRISONERS (2013) starring Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Viola Davis had me immediately shifting in my seat—the tension only intensifying as the story progressed toward the surprise twist.

Dover Keller's entire world is thrown into absolute chaos when his six year-old daughter and her best friend go missing one thanksgiving. Desperate for results and unsatisfied with the authority's lack of progress, Keller reluctantly decides to take matters into his own hands. It doesn't take long for viewers to question just how far they'd go in a similar situation. As a parent dealing with a missing child, we have to ask ourselves--is there anything you wouldn't do to find your loved one?

Performances by Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal are amazing testaments to the actor's talent, their past experiences on the silver screen enabling each to bring a depth and believability to their characters--a necessity for viewers who need to identify with the impending sense of desperation if they're to empathise with the character's actions.

A dark and disturbing story of torment, PRISONERS makes us question whether we'd have the strength to do whatever was necessary—no matter the sour taste of bile left clinging to our lips. 'Pray for the best—prepare for the worst,' was Keller's motto. Unfortunately, no lack of stockpiling or preparedness could have prevented this level of heartache.

Whether or not you've been tainted by spoilers, PRISONERS is still wildly engaging. Definite Oscar contender. Directed by Denis Villeneuve with Executive Producer Mark Wahlberg. Rated-R, 153 Mins, Crime, Drama Suspense, Thriller. **** 4 stars out of 5.

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Reviewed by Lynne Martin September 30, 2013
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