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Prisoners

26 Sep

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Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal star in tightly woven child abduction thriller Prisoners. Jackman plays the oddly named Keller Dover, a father whose daughter Anna (Erin Gerasimovich) is taken early on in the story, along with a friend of hers. Gyllenhaal is Detective Loki, who is assigned to this case. Over the two and a half hours of the film, there are several twists and turns and multiple suspects in the case.

At it’s best this movie is entertaining, dark and highly engaging, inviting the viewer into a sense of hopelessness and extreme sadness felt by the families of the missing girls. It is also intelligent and provides a level of social commentary in the way suspects are treated and what desperation will drive a person to do, especially in War-on-Terror era America. Continue reading

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Les Misérables

11 Jun

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When I finally managed to sit down and watch Tom Hooper’s screen adaptation of iconic musical Les Misérables, I did so in almost complete ignorance of the story. Nevertheless, this lack of knowledge did not dampen my enthusiasm for watching the film; I had intended to see it at the cinema but circumstances had conspired against me to make that impossible. Having eventually picked up a copy on blu-ray, I can say it was worth the wait. Continue reading