Tough as nails, achingly fallible, and wholly unsparing, "Prisoners" doesn't let go from its vise grip even after its chillingly provocative final shot. To assume the film is a revenge exploitationer, as it kind of looks like from its advertising, is to not give it nearly enough credit. What director Denis Villeneuve (2011's "Incendies") and screenwriter Aaron Guzikowski (2012's "Contraband") have created is challenging and multilayered—a complex morality play, a riveting thriller, and a tastily labyrinthine mystery all in one. It might run nearly two and a half hours, but it earns every one of those captivating minutes.
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