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DVD review: 'Prisoners' a tense, moody crime thriller

Published December 16, 2013 10:41 am

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Grade • B

DVD • If you don't get yourself bogged down in its smothering allegory, "Prisoners" is a tension-filled crime thriller with a tough, brooding tone.

When his daughter disappears one Thanksgiving, contractor Keller Dover (Hugh Jackman) gets increasingly frustrated by the lack of progress in the case, as Detective Loki (Jake Gyllenhaal) urges patience.

Dover becomes convinced that a mentally deficient man, Alex Jones (Paul Dano), is the only suspect, and he takes drastic measures when the police can't make an arrest.

Director Denis Villeneuve ("Incendies") shifts tone and genre from police procedural to wiggy psychodrama, and the strong cast — including Maria Bello and Melissa Leo — bring it home convincingly. —

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