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Bettie's Box Office: Prisoners Review

Updated: Thursday, September 19 2013, 08:21 PM CDT

Prisoners is an intense, often unnerving, emotionally draining thriller that looks at how far desperate parents will go to protect their children. 

When two young girls disappear on Thanksgiving police identify a suspect in a decrepit RV.  But when they have to release him for lack of evidence, one of the girl's fathers (Hugh Jackman) can't wait and takes the law into his own hands. 

Meanwhile, a determined detective (Jake Gyllenhaal) is trying to bring the girls back alive while keeping the entire case from spiraling out of control. 

Paul Dano (from Little Miss Sunshine) is excellent as the troubled young police suspect, and Jackman embodies rage as the survivalist father who always preaches to his family to “prepare for the worst.” 

If you're a parent, the film pushes all the buttons of your worst nightmares. Even if you're not a parent, there are some pretty gruesome torture scenes and a heavy pall hangs over the entire movie. Even though most of the plot lines are resolved, the ending might infuriate you. 

I can definitely say that Prisoners leaves an emotional mark. If that's what you're after, check it out at a matinee so you'll have time to get some fresh air and sunshine afterward. 

Prisoners is rated R for disturbing violent content including torture, and language throughout. It opens Friday, September 20.

Bettie's Box Office: Prisoners Review

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