Pauls Valley, Oklahoma —
Where this film succeeds is with an extremely respectable performance by both Jackman and Gyllenhaal, who steal the spotlight with convincingly raw personalities. The only problem with it is that you are so oversaturated by this quest for revenge that you almost dislike what is supposed to be a sympathetic character and beg for a conclusion so you don’t have to see it anymore.
Instead it drags on at least a half hour too long and by the time the real villain is revealed one doesn’t even care anymore. Top that off with one of those unimaginative blackout endings where you get to surmise whether everything wraps up nicely and then you can get ready to schedule your therapy. Since I think one time through the numbing sensory deprivation circus is enough I give “Prisoners,” two out of five thrillers.
Movie viewing experience courtesy of the Royal Twin Theater of Pauls Valley.