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Drew McWeeny’s “Review: Hugh Jackman and Jake...” Has Cumulative Power

In response to Drew McWeeny’s 989‑word review of Prisoners on HitFix

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Drew McWeeny’s “Review: Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal both dig deep for the brutal, haunting ‘Prisoners’” offers a safe bet for potential movie watchers to read. The first paragraph of the review does a fine job of piquing interest in the movie, and the second provides essential information about the characters. The remainder of the review consistently lays out pertinent pieces for the reader’s consideration.

McWeeny manages to share a lot of information about the film without resorting to tons of adjectives and adverbs to make his point. He reveals the first sequence of scenes, and then stops at a great point without telegraphing plot movement or character development spoilers.

McWeeny is a good writer, and the only unfortunate thing about this review is the publication location in HITFIX, where the reader is bombarded by imagery for other films. HITFIX would do well to showcase good reviews in larger fonts and way less advertisements.

Overall, there’s a lot of ground covered with this review. McWeeny effectively communicates the primary reasons he enjoyed the film, and by the end of the review, the reader understands why Prisoners is a good movie to watch—making this review a good one to read.     

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