Prisoners

Oh boy is this film way too long!

Hugh Jackman is the frantic father who takes things into his own hands when he feels that detective Jake Gyllenhaal is not doing enough to find his daughter and her friend who disappeared on Thanksgiving.

These two central performances are strong, but the story needs to decide whether it is a police procedural with many strands, or an investigation into moral values.

I suspect it was supposed to be the latter, and these are the most interesting (and challenging) scenes. But they are swamped by some convoluted storytelling and unnecessary plot-lines which left me with several questions about plot-holes and a numb behind from sitting for over 2 1/2 hours.

It’s not a bad film, but it could have been so much better.

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