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Ignatiy Vishnevetsky’s “Prisoners” Delivers Pulitzer-Worthy Prose

In response to Ignatiy Vishnevetsky’s 443‑word review of Prisoners on AV Club,103072/?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=feeds&utm_source=feedly

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Ignatiy Vishnevetsky’s “Prisoners” is a powerful review that possesses the type of magic that can go a long way during award season. The critic begins with an articulate verdict and proceeds to support his position with a thoughtful and comprehensive review.  

Vishnevetsky serves a morsel of plot exposition, but wastes no words on the type of lengthy summaries that leave so many other reviews dead on arrival. Instead, he keys in on the juicy stuff, like camera techniques and Hugh Jackman’s penchant for overacting.

The critic also examines the film in the context of its genre and makes some apt comparisons to other films. While this technique risks losing the audience, Vischnevetsky is a master of prose who commands his readers’ attention from start to finish.  

At 443 words, this review is a lean piece of grade A beef. Yes, it could be longer. Indeed the writing hits such a high quality that you’ll want it to be longer. But would “The Great Gatsby” still be a masterpiece if it was an extra 100 pages? Probably, but it’s not a sure thing.  

In typical AV Club fashion, the review contains a handy sidebar with a community grade and useful information. Go ahead and read it. You won’t be sorry.     

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