Call me a freak but I do enjoy watching movie alone in the theater. A few days a go I went to a new theater about 15 minutes driving from my place and decided to watched Prisoner after a few days seeing the poster quite everywhere without reading any review or watching the trailer first.
Honestly speaking, I watched this movie because Jake Gyllenhaal is in it. I’ve been having crush on him since I watched Love and Other Drugs where he played the sexy Jamie Randall there. :p But apparently in this movie, he played something that’s quite different. But well, we can actually tell that Gyllenhall is trying to be adventurous and taking different kind of roles in most of his movies, for instance, The Prince of Persia, Source Code, and Love and Other Drugs – even though most of it are dramas.
In my opinion, this movie is similar to Crash (2004) and Unthinkable (2010), which focused on morality. The difference is, Prisoners approach morality through religion. It also has a lot of symbolisms that gives us chances to interpret each of them. For example: the maze, the religious matters, and even the word ‘prisoner’ itself. For me personally, being trapped is not just physically, since Taylor, the snake guy was actually already free but he is still broken and trying to finish the impossible maze. It also gives me more perspective about how different can people psychologically react to the same thing – it showed on how the parents reacted, also Alex and Taylor, who probably has Stockholm Syndrome towards Holly in the story.
Thriller is not really my favourite genre of movies, but I like the story line and how they play the audience to guess who the suspect is. But personally I think the pace is a little bit too slow so it dragged the movie down to almost 3 hours, which I thought it could be shorter and still gives the same purpose. I think the cinematography also can be done better since they i found some errors in it’s continuity. Such as, there was a scene when they get into the house when it was daylight, they stayed for a a few minutes and it was completely dark when they came out. Also the toothpick that Loki chewed in the car – it keeps appearing and disappearing, depends on the angles and camera switch. Small mistakes like this make the movie looks cheap.
I was also impressed by Paul Dano’s acting as Alex. I think it would be quite difficult to act as someone who has a mental disorder,
Overall, I think Prisoner isn’t meant to be a movie, and it is more suitable for a novel because of the slow pace. I imagine that it would be very addicting to read the novel.