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“Prisoners” is a 2013 American thriller film directed by and written by Aaron Guzikowski. The film follows the story of Keller Dover (), a father whose daughter and her friend go missing during Thanksgiving in a small Pennsylvania town. As the investigation led by Detective Loki () fails to find any leads, Dover takes matters into his own hands, resorting to desperate measures to find his daughter and bring her captor to justice.


“Prisoners” received widespread critical acclaim for its intense atmosphere, gripping performances, and thought-provoking themes. Villeneuve's direction, along with the haunting cinematography and unsettling score, created a tense and atmospheric thriller that kept audiences on the edge of their seats. The film's exploration of moral ambiguity, the nature of justice, and the lengths to which a parent will go to protect their child resonated with viewers and critics alike.


On Thanksgiving Day, Keller Dover and his family visit their neighbors, the Birches. After dinner, the Dover and Birch daughters, Anna and Joy, go missing. As the hours pass without any leads, Detective Loki takes charge of the investigation. Suspecting a mentally disabled man, Alex Jones (), who was seen near the scene of the abduction, Loki questions him but finds no evidence to detain him.

Desperate to find his daughter, Keller kidnaps Alex and holds him captive in an abandoned building. As Keller's behavior becomes increasingly erratic and violent, tensions rise between him and the Birch family. Meanwhile, Detective Loki uncovers disturbing secrets about both families and races against time to find the missing girls before it's too late.

As the investigation intensifies, Keller's actions come under scrutiny, leading to a confrontation with Detective Loki and a shocking revelation that will change everything.


“Prisoners” received several award nominations, including an Academy Award nomination for Best Cinematography and a BAFTA Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay. The film also won numerous awards from critics' associations and film festivals, particularly for and 's performances.


“Prisoners” was well-received by audiences and gained popularity for its intense and suspenseful storytelling. It became a commercial success at the box office and has remained popular among fans of psychological thrillers. The film's exploration of complex moral dilemmas and its gripping narrative continue to captivate audiences worldwide.

Directed by
Written by Aaron Guzikowski
Produced by
  • Broderick Johnson
  • Kira Davis
  • Andrew A. Kosove
  • Adam Kolbrenner
Cinematography Roger A. Deakins
Edited by
  • Joel Cox
  • Gary D. Roach
Music by Jóhann Jóhannsson
  • Alcon Entertainment
  • 8:38 Productions
  • Madhouse Entertainment
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
(North America, Australia, Italy and Spain)
Summit Entertainment
Release dates
  • August 30, 2013 (Telluride)
  • September 20, 2013 (United States)
Running time
153 minutes
Country United States
Language English

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