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    October 20, 2013

    BRIEF MOVIE REVIEW: PRISONERS

    The movie opens at Toronto Film Festival with a standing ovation. "Prisoners" assembles a highly talented list of performers - Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, Terrence Howard, Paul Dano and Maria Bello. The director in charge of this picture is Denis Villeneuve, a man highly regarded as the next bunch of peoples we should look for. And if you have not immersed yourself with the trailer, best you may thought that this is a movie about prisoners-of-war (POW) - basically it is not. It is a form of mystery thriller that works so pleasantly like 2003's Mystic River or Villeneuve's previous work in Incendies.



    A BRIEF REVIEW for Prisoners:

    I always suspected that this movie will be big but I have never thought it will be such big. Denis Villeneuve surprised me with his 2010's Incendies, a powerful Canadian mystery drama that sets in the Middle East and follows a sibling whose on their way to search the mysterious past of their recently deceased mother. Moving forward three years later, Villeneuve gets the chance to go more mainstream and working with more prolific actors. But even with the transition into a bigger production, Prisoners shuns the every aspect of stereotypical form of Hollywood thriller, crafting a rather unique taste on its own term while it also follows the exact embodiment that made Incendies so terrific in the first place.

    It is presented with a diligently-detailed and slowly-built plot story by Aaron Guzikowski, brilliant executions, smartly unpredictable, fantastic angry-and-sober performances by Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal, as well as engagingly horrifying mood that makes this a grand movie experience of the year. Villeneuve basically strokes art with Prisoners, a high-concept mystery drama that fuels everything with psychological terror, the theological dilemma, cultism, and vague morality on all points.

    Unfortunately, this year's Oscar is about to heat up with more prolific releases, making this a little too early to give impact.

    Green Tea Movie!! rates it a 4.0/5.0
    Prisoners stars Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal, presented by Warner Bros. Pictures

    MY RATING:
    Story: 4.0
    Casts: 5.0
    Cinematography: 5.0
    Effects: 4.5
    GREEN-TEA-O-METER: 17.7/20.0
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