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Every Moment Matters


27 Sep, 2013
2 hrs 35 mins
75 votes
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How far would you go to protect your child? Keller Dover (Jackman) is facing every parent`s worst nightmare. His six-year-old daughter, Anna, is missing, together with her young friend, Joy, and as minutes turn to hours, panic sets in. The only lead is a dilapidated RV that had earlier been parked on their street. Heading the investigation, Detective Loki (Gyllenhaal) arrests its driver, Alex Jones (Paul Dano), but a lack of evidence forces the only suspect`s release.

Knowing his child`s life is at stake, the frantic Dover decides he has no choice but to take matters into his own hands. The desperate father will do whatever it takes to find the girls, but in doing so, he may lose himself, begging the question: When do you cross the line between seeking justice and becoming a vigilante?
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Keller is a religious man whose motto is to `be prepared`. Accordingly, his basement is stocked up for an apocalypse and the lines on his face show that he`s known struggle all his life. Alex Jones (Dano) is the occupant of the dilapidated van parked outside their home and after the girls go missing, Keller`s gut instinct that Alex is behind the abduction turns him into a man obsessed with breaking Alex. ...Read full review
Although cut from the same cloth as such fine procedurals as David Fincher`s Zodiac and the multiple Oscar-winning The Silence of the Lambs, Prisoners feels closer in spirit to Ben Affleck`s terrific directorial debut Gone Baby Gone. Like that film, this is also a labyrinthine story about the search for kidnapped children that leaves you to ponder over a crucial moral issue.On a cold, grey day in suburban Pennsylvania, while their families have gathered for a Thanksgiving meal, two young girls go missing. A detective, Loki (Jake Gyllenhaal), is called upon to investigate their disappearance. Suspicions focus on a creepy fella, Alex (Paul Dano), who`d parked his RV not far from where the girls had been playing. But when Loki doesn`t have enough evidence to keep Alex behind bars, one of the girls` fathers, Keller Dover (Hugh Jackman), convinced that Alex has a hand in their kidnapping, picks up the guy from his aunt`s home and takes matters into his own hands. ...Read full review
Over the past decade Canadian filmmaker Denis Villeneuve has emerged as one of the most fascinating and consistently solid filmmakers of our generation. From the mesmerising psychological thriller Maelstrom to the gripping shootout drama Polytechnique to 2010`s disturbing Incendies, Villeneuve has steadily become more adept at delving into the theme of a traumatic incident and twisting the knife into its implications. With Prisoners he`s finally found a way to make a commercial film on the subject with big stars. ...Read full review