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Todd Jorgenson’s “Prisoners” Focuses on Character Motivation

In response to Todd Jorgenson’s 371‑word review of Prisoners on

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Todd Jogenson’s “Prisoners” is a slow burn. The intial paragraphs are forgettable but once you get to the heart of the review you begin to see why the writer spent so much time building up to that point.

The write-up admittedly starts off slow as Jorgenson takes a paragraph or two in order to frame the situation that the protagonists find themselves in. This is easily on of this review’s biggest faults. Spoiler-wise, there are a few instances where Jorgenson’s spills the beans which add further insult to injury especially as far as his audience is concerned.

Normally a sloppy start wouldn’t necessarily warrant a “must read,” nine times out of ten it would be sent off to the island of misfit reviews, with the rest of the junk that isn’t filtered through a semi cogent editorial lens.  However, like  the protagonist in the film Rudy this underdog manages to scrape it all together for one final rally, and from the midpoint of the article onward we are treated to a fairly nimble display of  film criticism.

The writing is never an issue and throughout the brief review Jorgenson’s keen eye for detail is on full display, as he examines the characters in the film Prisoner’s from multiple points of view. This extends into his critique of the film and the impression one gets is that Jorgenson was equally shocked and impressed by the places  the film went and he gives us an in depth look of some of the gut-wrenching ordeals the main characters went through.

The look of the review leaves plenty to be desired; as there aren’t any pictures on display. The site as a whole has about as much personality as a dying strip mall and gives viewers very little incentive  to continue down “the rabbit hole” any further than this review.

A slow start doesn’t always indicate who will win or lose a race. In the case of Jorgenson’s “Prisoners,” a slow start only indicates the laying down of foundation for which the rest of the write-up will stand upon. Thus, all problems aside, it’s safe to say this one’s a keeper.    

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