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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Report Card---"Prisoners"

This will be the last Report Card for the past movie season.
Then, next week, we will go back to real life.

"Prisoners" is essentially a two-part episode of "Law and Order---Criminal Intent"
That was a show that I really liked a lot.
And the quality here is pretty much at that level.
The main difference is that the father of the two kidnapping victims (Hugh Jackman), not a criminologist, is the savant equivalent of Vincent D'Onofrio on "L&O----Criminal Intent".
All that's missing is Jackman stooping way over like D'Onofrio to interrogate his witness.
And the cop running the investigation (Jake Gyllenhall) is a bit of a lunkhead.
I found this to be an interesting twist.
I found this to be a very good movie, although it really felt more like a really good TV show.

On to the scoring: 

Is it interesting?


Compelling even?


Is it controversial?

It's not really that deep.

Is it a story worth telling?

It is a ripping yarn.

Is it good storytelling?


Is it well written?

The writing serves the story very well..

Is it well cast? Well played?  Well shot?

I love Hugh Jackman, and he's terrific in this.
Gyllenhall is okay.   It's shot well.

Is it too long? Too short?

It's long, but doesn't feel it.

Is it believable? Do you care about the characters?

Jackman seems a little too smart, but that's easily overlooked.  You certainly care about the characters.

Is it predictable? Does it surprise you?

It manages to stay ahead of you, except at the very end.

Do you think about it after you've seen it?

It's not really that kind of movie.

Is it funny?


Would it have been worth the thirteen bucks it would have cost to see it in the movies?

It really felt like television.

Is it impressive ?


Overall grade: A-.

 The enjoyment here is purely while you watch it.  Not at all what you bring away from it.

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  1. Any thoughts on the plans to reboot the Odd Couple with Matthew Perry?

  2. I wish him well with it, perhaps leading to him hiring me for it, or at least recycling some of my scripts, as we did on "The New Odd Couple".
    This would lead to a payday.
    Otherwise, I don't give a crap.

  3. A payday is always nice.

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Hi. I am, according to my Wikipedia entry,(which I did not create) a noted television writer, playwright, screenwriter, and occasional actor. You can Google me or go to the IMDB to get my credits, and you can come here to get my opinions on things, which I'll try to express eloquently. Hopefully I'll succeed. You can also e-mail me at Perhaps my biggest claim to fame is being responsible, for about six months in 1975, while Head Writer for the "Happy Days" TV series, for Americans saying to each other "Sit on it."