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Prisoners: Top Flight Thriller with a Big Time Theme

And the theme is faith in a world of suffering — a wonderful subject for drama and handled here with depth, sensitivity, and a complete lack of sentimentalism. This is the kind of thing that makes a movie important, that makes it screenworthy. Watching an idea like this play out is much bigger and more exciting than watching a superhero and villain destroy New York. Again.

Because I know this genre well, I knew the mystery’s solution almost instantly — but that didn’t mean I knew what was going to happen or how it would end. I was on the edge of my seat for the last half hour because the picture is set up so that anything can happen, even after you figure out whodunnit.

Anyway, if a movie is over two hours long, I go in with a grudge, but this won me over.  It’s a really good thriller and worth every minute.