Prisoners: Lock This Movie Up and Throw Away the Key

by Ethan Alter September 20, 2013 5:55 am
<i>Prisoners</i>: Lock This Movie Up and Throw Away the Key

For those folks who though Se7en was too cheery and Zodiac too fast-paced, here comes Prisoners, a sprawling crime drama in the tradition of David Fincher, but minus his level of artistry. Given that it's predicated on one of the worst nightmares for any parent -- the sudden, unexplained disappearance of a child -- I can't deny that the movie often unnerved me, particularly during its first half-hour in the immediate aftermath of the crime. But as Prisoners plodded along for 153 minutes, I grew increasingly detached from the scenario and more conscious (and resentful) of the way director Denis Villeneuve and writer Aaron Guzikowski were manipulating events in the cause of false profundity. A movie like Zodiac (and Se7en to a degree, although Andrew Kevin Walker's script is far from subtle) amounts to far more than the details of its central mystery precisely because Fincher doesn't grab viewers by the neck and force them to look between the clues. Prisoners wants us to know it's, like, all metaphorical and stuff… even at the expense of the facts of the case.

I Want My DVD: Tuesday, December 17, 2013

by Ethan Alter December 17, 2013 6:00 am
I Want My DVD: Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Matt Damon in spaaaaaace!

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