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Mark R. Leeper’s “Prisoners” Is a Disappointing Meditation on Genres

In response to Mark R. Leeper’s 602‑word review of Prisoners on Mark Leeper's Reviews 

http://leepers.us/prisoner.htm

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Mark L. Leeper displays potential in his latest work, “Prisoners (a film review by Mark R. Leeper)”, but like so many less-than-average reviews. the critic says just enough to get by.

Visually, Prisoners (a film may confuse readers and make them believe they are looking at a typewriter. Leeper has absolutely no images, which is fine, but the reader will expect a dynamic review. The critic’s audience will be disappointed by the his failure to thoroughly examine the film.

The opening “Capsule” section is intriguing, along with the rating system of Leeper, however one may question the point of different ratings. Is Leeper trying to be clever? Why not just say 7/10?

Prisoners (a film opens with one paragraph of plot summary which is quite uneventful, other than one statement by the critic. The description serves its purpose although the writing is a bit clunky. One may wish to see the day when Leeper injects a bit of fun into the review (or perhaps an image.)

The analysis of Prisoners (a film could have been the opening statement. Leeper expands a bit, but doesn’t offer up enough information to take the review to the next level. The simple appearance of a tiny bit of analysis should be expected, not be a bonus.

There is little character analysis (“The film gets a strong performance from the rage-filled Hugh Jackman”), and Leeper says nothing about Gyllenhaal.  

Prisoners (a film has an opportunity to address cinematographer Roger Deakins by name, but instead resorts to a dreary description of the setting.  

Mark R. Leeper may one day write an unforgettable review, but it’s not this one.    

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