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Matt Neal’s “Film Review: Prisoners” Is Subtle and Imaginative

In response to Matt Neal’s 543‑word review of Prisoners on The Standard

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Matt Neal’s “Film Review: Prisoners” doesn’t assume its audience is captive and takes on that task and succeeding with flying colors.

Neal utilize a psychoanalytic framing device to look at the film in depth. He draws the audience into the cold,dark world of Prisoners via excellent imaginative word use. The writing lures the reader in and traps them,  not unlike the title of the film. And Neal never lets up until the concluding words in the final paragraph; though, the conclusion does not live up to the excellence of what was written prior to it.

Film Review is held together via Neal’s persuasive technique. He makes you imagine yourself in the role of the main characters arguing from the standpoint of morality and ensuring the survival of loved one. He also touches upon the  performances  and addresses each of the main characters’ strengths and weaknesses.

Neal does speak a bit about certain goings-on in the film as well as character information, but nothing really comes to mind as far as spoilers go. He threads the needle well in terms of giving enough information to make readers interested while holding enough back to keep them in the dark. It’s a delicate balance that will send most to the cinema quickly after they are done reading the imaginative write-up.

Matt Neal’s “Film review: Prisoners” is all about subtlety as well as give and take. The way he places you in the role of  each of the protagonists and makes you empathize with them adds a certain dynamism to the read that just isn’t present in many other reviews for this film. An excellent read for those who love excellent criticism.    

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