Director: Denis Villeneuve
Cast: Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, Terrence Howard
Release Date: Own Prisoners on Blu-ray Combo Pack and Digital Download 12/17
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Film Rating: 9.5/10
Disc Rating: 8.5/10
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?
‘Prisoners’ tells the story of an ordinary family and a father who is always prepared for the worst so that he can be sure to take care of his family no matter what happens. After his daughter and her friend mysteriously vanish and the only viable suspect is set free due to lack of evidence, he decides to take matters into his own hands and do whatever is necessary to get his daughter back, because time is running out and at this point, every moment matters. Yes, the tagline for this one does work well and fit, so I couldn’t resist.
In addition to brilliant writing and directing, one of the most powerful elements of ‘Prisoners’ is the absolutely stellar cast, because I don’t think any of the performances in this film were anything short of impressive. The amazing performances are a factor that helps to really pull you into these characters’ shoes and throw you for an emotional ride throughout the movie. While the entirety of the cast are spot on and impressive, the stand out performance here in my opinion would without question have to be that of Hugh Jackman, who is riveting and is also gives one of his best performances (at least that I have had the pleasure of seeing) to date.
‘Prisoners’ is a powerful and emotionally jarring film that will leave you breathless, and will most certainly leave a lasting impression on you. One of the my favorite elements is that this film forces you to piece some things together yourself without clearly stating or revealing them and I always appreciate it when they allow certain revelations and elements hit you when you piece it together in your head as opposed to vigorously shoving it down your throat until it’s impossible to miss. ‘Prisoners’ is one of the best films of the year and one that I would highly recommend everyone checks out.
The Blu-Ray release of ‘Prisoners’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation utilizing the film’s original 1.85:1 Aspect Ratio. Once again, this Warner BD release features a very impressive and overall phenomenal looking video presentation. Everything is sharp, detailed and coordinated to near perfection. If there were any issues or glitches, they passed by my eye so they would have to be quite minimal. This is a very impressive video transfer that should leave everyone extremely satisfied.
The Blu-Ray release of ‘Prisoners’ features a lossless 5.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack which really compliments the film in a tremendous way. During intense moments the soundtrack hits some impressively high pitches and then will be eerily calm not more than a moment later. There are not a large number of sequences in this film where all five channels are given a chance to show their stuff, but there are certainly a few, and the balance and discreetness in every element, both loud and tame really helps you to appreciate what an impressive lossless 5.1 channel soundtrack this truly is.
While the extras on the Blu-Ray release of ‘Prisoners’ are a bit limited, there are a couple of insightful goodies included within. The extras consist of two featurettes, the first of which delves into the film and is titled ‘Prisoners – Every Moment Matters’; while the second focuses more on the brilliant performances from this incredibly talented cast and is titles ‘Prisoners – Powerful Performances’ respectively.
The Blu-Ray Combo Pack release of ‘Prisoners’ includes a Blu-Ray Disc, DVD Disc and an Ultraviolet Copy of the film.
Film Rating: 9.5/10
Disc Rating: 8.5/10
Own Prisoners on Blu-ray Combo Pack and Digital Download 12/17 from Warner Bros