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Erik Davis Shows a Paucity of Ideas With “Edge of Your Seat Thrill Ride”

In response to Erik Davis’s 468‑word review of Prisoners on

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When a movie review uses the phrase “Edge-of-Your-Seat Thrill Ride” right in the title, staring you in the face like a cliché with eyes (note to self: that is a great idea for a horror movie), it bodes ill for the rest of the review.

Erik Davis does not defy expectations with “‘Prisoners’ Is an Emotionally Intense, Edge-of-Your-Seat Thrill Ride.” Not only does he use the aforementioned phrase in the title, he also uses it in the opening paragraph. He tries to excuse his use of it by saying that while others have said it, he really means it. In the end, though, it only exemplifies the phoned-in nature of Davis’s lackluster review.

Weighing in at a scant 468 words, Edge-of-Your-Seat Thrill Ride reads like a homework assignment written by a student who just wants to pass the class so he can graduate on time. Davis shows no depth of understanding of his subject beyond what could be gleaned from reading through a CliffsNotes summary (if only they made those for movies.)

It’s an unambitious, uninformative affair, and one would be better off spending their time reading a review written by someone who cares. This is no edge-of-your-seat thrill ride; it’s a lazy carousel ride on one of those horses that doesn’t even move up and down.    

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