Prisoners

Prisoners ★★

So much for Villeneuve the great stylist, this is workmanlike (though competent) direction married to an entirely preposterous premise. I can see where it wants to borrow from something like Sluzier’s ‘The Vanishing’ but too much plot (helped along by non-stop incompetent police work) buries any interesting psychological elements and we are left with little other than listless though brutal torture scenes. Is it about Abu Ghraib or the CIA torture program? If so, what exactly is it trying to say?

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