Following their disappearance from the home of Keller’s friends (Terrence Howard and Viola Davis), the first lead is a dilapidated RV that had been seen parked on their street earlier in the day, but the mentally simple driver who is arrested, Alex Jones (Paul Dano), is eventually let go because of insufficient evidence.
Keller, who works in construction and is a man seemingly prepared for anything, becomes quickly frustrated by the police’s inability to hold their only suspect, and is unconvinced that Alex is innocent. While he is taking the situation into his own hands, and raising suspicion along the way, Loki conducts his investigation, finding himself caught in a frustrating maze full of loose ends. With time running out and very little making sense, Loki too begins to break. There are many layers of development in this film – most are unexpected, and shouldn’t be discussed here – but Prisoners is a terrific thriller. For 159 minutes it never relinquishes its grip on the audience.
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