Review - Prisoners

In movies like Death Wish (1974), where Charles Bronson played a walking statue of stoic wrath, vigilante justice is mean and nasty, and it’s also good, clean, righteous fun. But then there’s the kind of movie, like Sam Peckinpah's Straw Dogs(1971), that salutes lone-wolf vengeance and, at the same time, makes you feel the spiritual toll it takes — a breed of thriller that's exciting, cathartic, and powerfully disturbing. Prisoners is that kind of movie. It's rooted in 40 years of Hollywood revenge films, yet it also breaks audacious new ground.

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