Prisoners
Prisoners
Our Rating
3½ Stars - Good
Average Rating
 
(9 user ratings)ADD YOURSHelp
Mpaa Rating
R (For disturbing violent content including torture, and language throughout )
Directed By
Denis Villeneuve
Run Time
2 hours 33 minutes
Cast
Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, Maria Bello
Theatre Release
September 20, 2013 by Warner Bros.

Rife with biblical allusions and ostensibly grounded in an old fashioned exploration of good vs. evil, Prisoners is more than just your standard kidnapping thriller. It explores the existence of evil, but not in the ghoulish abstract. Nor does it simply give the audience a jolt (which it does, expertly). Rather, it forces us to think about evil's complexity and everyday-ness—particularly the way it can grow and spread once it takes root, like the trees so eerily and intentionally present in so many of the film's frames.

Brett McCracken's commentary on Prisoners continues, along with his commentary on Rush.

Subscriber access only You have reached the end of this Article Preview

To continue reading, subscribe now. Subscribers have full digital access.

Tags:
Browse All Movie Reviews By:
Read These Next
Current IssueHow Dogs Help Us Experience Sabbath Rest
How Dogs Help Us Experience Sabbath Rest Subscriber Access Only
An excerpt from 'The Grace of Dogs.'
TrendingKay Warren: 'We Were in Marital Hell'
Kay Warren: 'We Were in Marital Hell'
Through God's work in our lives, we've beaten the odds that divorce would be the outcome of our ill-advised union.
Editor's PickThe Refugee Ban Is Back, But Church Connections Might Trump It
The Refugee Ban Is Back, But Church Connections Might Trump It
World Relief wants clarification over today’s big Supreme Court decision.
Christianity Today
Prisoners
hide thisAccess The Archives

In the Archives

September 2013

To continue reading, subscribe now for full print and digital access.