Film Reviews

Child Abduction Takes a Twisty Journey in Prisoners


I adore watching thriller/suspense films…not to be confused with horror films which I have been very vocal about not liking for pure reasons of FEAR (LOL)!!!  PRISONERS, however, is the most jaw-dropping thriller I have seen in years!  It was absolutely thrilling, spellbinding and kept my attention from beginning to end.

PRISONERS follows the story of how two children are abducted on Thanksgiving day, assumed dead when the parents decide to take the law into their own hands.

Hugh Jackman, Terrence Howard, Viola Davis, Maria Bello, Jake Gyllenhaal and Melissa Leo ar all equally brilliant, but it is Melissa Leo (unrecognizable as Holly Jones) who once again proves what a chameleon  character actress she is.  For the first time, I saw a performance from Terrence Howard that I had never seen before, which was very refreshing.  What was that you ask?  A man with a conscience.  Viola Davis NEVER has a bad performance no matter what film she is in.  She is in one word…brilliant!!!  Jake Gyllenhaal, no matter what role he take on does so with complete and utter conviction all the way down to the mannerisms of his character and Hugh Jackman takes his character to the brink of insanity over the uncertainty of where his daughter is and who has taken her away from the family.  Paul Dano is delishishly creepy as the assumed abductor Alex Jones.

PRISONERS is a must see and the ending will make you mad as a hornet…LOL!!!

I love, love love movies, watching them and discussing them...thus the birth of The Curvy Film Critic!!! Host/Producer/FilmCritic,Carla Renata is a member of such esteemed organizations as Critics Choice Association (Co-President Documentary Branch), African American Film Critics Association, Online Association of Female Film Critics and Alliance of Women Film Journalists. My op-eds or features have been seen in VARIETY,, Maltin on Movies, The Cherry Picks, IGN Movies, as well as being a frequent Guest Contributor to Fox 11-LA, Good Day LA, ET Live!, Turner Classic Movies, KCRW Press Play with Madeline Brand, The Cherry Picks, The Stream Team (Beond TV) ITV, Fox Soul's The Black Report, The ListTV and more. Catch my reviews on The Curvy Critic with Carla Renata - LIVE!!! Mondays 5pm PST via You Tube or Facebook Live. If you like what you read please shout me out and subscribe to The Curvy Critic on YouTube. You can chat with me across all social media platforms @TheCurvyCritic and as always, thanks for supporting a sista'


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