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  • Review: Prisoners

    Merkwürdige Liebe

    Desimartini | Updated - September 27, 2013 17:04 PM IST
    3.6DM (460 ratings)

    Verdict - A psychological thriller where the darkness isn’t so much of a virtue as a mere set-up. With its further explorations, the effect is only ch

    PrisonersWatch trailerRelease date : September 27, 2013

    We open with a verse from the Bible which we hear through voice-over, the camera slowly pulls back and it's revealed that we're in a jungle. Objects that resemble the Christian cross occupy the frames and the characters' bodies in the form of tattoos, they are inherently good-natured, middle class people. Revealing anything about the proceedings of the plot would only mean spoiling your experience, so I'll let that pass. Denis Villeneuve's Prisoners isn't so much of a genre piece, it's an incisive character study of its principal characters (played by Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal), and we see a man turning into a monster as he penetrates not only the dense tapestry of the symbolic 'maze' referred to throughout the film but also into the deeper, darker side of his own mind as the goings-on get increasingly intense; and the concept of faith in God, a casual everyday norm in the lives of the bourgeoisie, assumes chimeral stature in the narrative. The pacing isn't strictly speaking relentless, but that isn't what this film warrants in the first place. The director, instead, chooses to peel the layers gradually, making sure we, the viewer, are not only informed about the happenings but we feel the shifting dynamics on a sensual level, and the effect is of applause-inducing intensity. There are plenty of films that only claim to be dark psychological thrillers but this is one doesn't wear its 'dark' nature as a badge of honour and actually knows how to treat a subject matter as piercing as this with its philosophical evocations with astute asceticism, it's this one. Strongly recommended.

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