I just got home from seeing a screening of Prisoners.
Holy smokes, I was not expecting that. It had me on the edge of my seat for almost the whole film. My chest is tight, my heart hurts from living in my throat for the past almost 3 hours.
The performances are excellent, the soundtrack is so unsettling, and the visual storytelling here is just top notch. Oh, but the best thing, the very best thing, is the script.
I am so jealous of this script. I want to give it a read and find out just how it managed to take me on this journey. It had me in the palm of its hand and did things to me… things that films don’t do to me very often. Like seriously, the intensity of emotion they managed to create; the craft level on every aspect of this film is stellar. And like I said, the script-fu is just… damn.
I am a huge Hugh Jackman fan so I basically had to see this film, but it became apparent very early on that I was going to be in for way more than I bargained for.
I am having a hard time figuring out just exactly how to recommend this film; it’s not going to be for everyone. Its pacing was brilliant, but it was slow (although it didn’t feel slow, if you know what I mean). And if you have kids, god help you; I already feel sick to my stomach after seeing it, I don’t know how parents would survive this film.