(Episode 116 of) Cinema Smackdown – Prisoners

Cinema Smackdown
By Bret Dorman and Kate Peterson

Oscar Season has started. And for us at cinemaPUNCH, that means the explosions are replaced with, you know, acting and plot and all that other junk. Prisoners is the first big movie post-Summer Slog and it aims to assault the audience with difficult character decisions and tons of moral ambiguity. Bret and Kate go over how Prisoners holds up as a cop procedural, a gritty character study, a performance reel for its many “Oscar Winning/Nominated” actors, a depressingly bleak outlook on the goodness of humanity, and a hot topic conversation starter. Let’s just say all around, this movie really follows through on the many genres it takes on, without ever really becoming accidental parody of any.

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We praise Prisoners for being a nice, slow thriller that keeps its steady pace even during a chase scene or terrifying moment. On the complete other end of the spectrum, Narc is a police story that ratchets up the intensity with civilian causalities, a hyper kinetic camera, and Ray Liotta. If you like movies like Training Day, Heat, and The Way of the Gun, this early Joe Carnahan film may hit the spot. Here’s a sample:

Next Episode will be Rush!

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