With an A-list cast, a hot-button premise ripped from today’s news headlines, and solid, capable direction from French-Canadian filmmaker Denis Villenueve, Prisoners has a great deal going for it in terms of captivating audiences and leaving them talking and thinking about its themes long after the credits roll.
Like the former mafia clan that is its narrative focus, “The Family” is charming, clever, vicious when it has to be, and fun throughout. Fans of “The Sopranos” and DeNiro’s other gangster-related work will love it, but it’s certainly entertaining for anyone who enjoys a good dark comedy.
2 Guns works very hard to keep you guessing about who and what its characters really are and what’s really going on. It’s a shame, really, because all that effort in keeping the audience confused along with too little action or real characterization results in a utterly forgettable film, despite the best scene-chewing efforts of its A-List cast.