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Movie review: 'Prisoners' is captivating and relentless

Movie review: 'Prisoners' is captivating and relentless

Like the kidnapping at the tortured heart of "Prisoners," once this chilling thriller about a parent's worst nightmare grabs you, it refuses to let go.

Even if the film wasn't coming out just months after the May rescue of three kidnapped women in Cleveland, held for a decade by a madman, we know the real world has monsters far more frightening than any Hollywood can manufacture.

Reality informs "Prisoners" at every turn. French Canadian director Denis Villeneuve and screenwriter Aaron Guzikowski keep the tightly constructed terror twisting by holding it close.

There are excellent performances from a well-seasoned cast including Viola Davis,...