Mad’s review published on Letterboxd:
Breathtaking and terrifying at the same time, Prisoners, directed by Denis Villeneuve, is a dark, thrilling and meditative look into the psyche of two people on a common goal; one is a father trying to find his missing daughter, the other is a hot shot detective trying his best to solve this unsolvable case.
Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal both give one of the best performances of their career in this film. Especially Jackman, who is so convincing in his role as the father who begins to lose his own morality while on the search for his daughter, he legit scares you. Gyllenhaal as the eye-twitching and quiet Detective Loki is a show stealer. He dominates the screen with his magnetic presence, sometimes even more than Jackman. Other actors like Terrence Howard, Viola Davis, Paul Dano, Melissa Leo, all give terrific performances all around. The direction by Denis Villeneuve is just simply masterful. He crafts an over 2hrs and 30mins long film and never fails to keep your eyes glued to the screen. What also helps is the lush cinematography by the maestro Roger Deakins, and the pounding and haunting score by Johann Johannsén.
On the whole, Prisoners is, in my opinion, a modern day masterpiece. It's spine-chilling, intense, emotional, and beautiful.