Excerpt: Denis Villeneuve, il regista canadese di Polytechnique e Incendies – La donna che canta, debutta negli Stati Uniti con un thriller ambiguo ed impressionante, che ritorna su uno temi chiave della sua opera: la natura del male, l’orrore quotidiano che travolge e spezza qualsiasi resistenza etica, qualsiasi fede.
Excerpt: After a promising and evocative opening, full of snowy woodlands and torrential downpours and pangs of impending doom, it is slowly revealed as an increasingly sloppy thriller, filled with obvious clues, laughable red herrings, and halfhearted “shock” reveals, played at a snail’s pace that lets far too much air into the narrative.
Excerpt: La trama es compleja, tensa, por momentos perturbadora, porque uno sabe la diferencia entre el bien y el mal, entre lo que es correcto e incorrecto, pero también sabe que – empujado hacia ciertas circunstancias – el ser humano es capaz de cosas impensables.
Excerpt: If the screenplay occasionally frustrates by not asking obvious questions…and by scattering red herrings that venture into really loopy territory… the film overall works because of the filmmaking artistry and high acting calibre on display.
Excerpt: Prisioneros es un thriller muy oscuro con un gran reparto y está muy bien dirigido, pero tiene un guión que da demasiadas vueltas y está lleno de despistes para que el espectador no pueda atar cabos.
Excerpt: More unsettling than most horror films and grueling where it has to be, “Prisoners” asks a lot from the audience, not only to stomach it but to crack the case and ruminate its themes.
Oktay Ege Kozak @ Oregon Herald
Excerpt: Watching Prisoners is like reading a bus stop mystery novel written by someone who still thinks his work is worthy of a Pulitzer someday. It’s dark, brooding, heavy, emotionally draining and tries desperately for a grand thematic payoff as it delves valiantly into, I don’t know, the duality of man?
Excerpt: As fancy as it may feel, and as stacked as its ensemble is, Prisoners is pretty much a very well-acted and technically proficient feature-length episode of Law and Order: Special Victims Unit.
Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
Excerpt: A terrific thriller, shattering domestic drama and probing character study in a single package.