Questions tagged [prisoners]

2013 American thriller film directed by Denis Villeneuve starring Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, Maria Bello, Terrence Howard, Melissa Leo, and Paul Dano.

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Did Keller get found in the end?

In the movie Prisoners, Keller Dover (Hugh Jackman) gets caught by Ms. Jones and he gets placed in her dungeon beneath the car in her backyard. At the end though, when Detective Loki (Jake ...
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What does the title “Prisoners” mean?

While the title of the movie Prisoners could obviously refer to all the different protagonists who have literally been imprisoned or held captive at one point or another (the girls by Mrs. Jones, Alex ...
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What happened to Bob and what is his relation to the plot?

I watched Prisoners but I didn't fully understand Bob Taylor. Why is he so obsessed with mazes and what are those boxes full of snakes? Also, why did he buy children clothes and steal Joy's and Anna's?...
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Who is Alex Jones referring to when he says: “I waited but he never came”?

While captured in the "wooden" prison in Prisoners, Alex Jones says: "I waited but he never came". Who is he referring to?
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Is 'Prisoners' an anti-religious commentary?

Prisoners is tinged with religion. Keller appears to be a deeply religious man. But he is very flexible with his morality when it comes to torturing Alex Jones for information about his daughter. ...
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Inconsistency about the girls in “Prisoners”?

First, I apologize for the vague title of my question. I don't know how to write it properly, without it being a big spoiler, which I don't like to put on the front page of the site. My question is ...
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Was the FBI agent's book about the kidnapper?

In Prisoners, Bob Taylor is said to be obsessed with a book titled Finding the Invisible Man written by an FBI agent about "a theoretical suspect that he believed was responsible for a bunch of child ...
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What does Anna mean when she says that she lost her whistle 133 days ago?

What does Anna mean when she says that she lost her whistle 133 days ago in Prisoners? It just seems too specific coming from a child. And what does Mrs. Dover whisper to everyone right after it?
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Why does Alex only help Keller randomly?

In Prisoners, when Keller roughs up Alex Jones in the police station car park, he immediately tells him something about the girls not crying until he (Alex) left them. He then denies saying this. Why? ...
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Why weren't the Birches also being charged?

Towards the end of Prisoners (2013) in the hospital scene we learn that Keller is being charged of torturing and kidnapping Alex (well the allegations are not clearly mentioned but somewhat implied). ...
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How did Joy escape?

The movie Prisoners is quite difficult to understand. I am still trying to understand how Joy escaped. When Joy was in the hospital, it seems that Bob was in her flashback. So did he help her escape? ...
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How did the kidnappings happen?

Am I right when I say that Alex drove the children in Prisoners to his house wanting just to play with them and then get them back but didn't since Holly wanted to keep them? But that draws another ...
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Why does Keller show up unprepared at the end?

At the end of Prisoners, when Keller confronts Holly and tells her that she is the assassin, why he doesn't he carry a gun or something? It seems he went there only to unmask her but not to stop her. ...
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Why was Alex Jones driving the campervan?

In Prisoners, after the disappearance of the girls there was a first clue, which is "Alex Jones driving the campervan" and hitting a tree. Why was he driving the campervan? If his aunt (Holly) wants ...
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Why were weapons allowed into an interrogation room in Prisoners?

In Prisoners (2013), detective Loki is seen questioning the boy that was drawing mazes while being watched by cops. At one point, he is tired of waiting for him to give any information about the ...
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In Prisoners, why does Bob Taylor and Alex refer to the house as “the maze”?

I can't really wrap my head around one thing: the fact that two victims of the kidnappers - Bob Taylor and Alex Jones - refer to the house as "the maze". Alex Jones tells Keller that he can find the ...
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Why does Loki's superior damage his investigation?

Det. Loki's superior in Prisoners is also often slightly rude. He cancels the surveillance at one point, and does many other disturbances to the investigation. Why does he seem to damage Loki's ...
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Why was Alex not killed?

In Prisoners, Holly Jones and her husband were a religious couple who lost their son to cancer. This led to a loss of faith and in their thirst for revenge, they attempt to deny happiness to other ...
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Why did Joy Birch mention Keller's name at the hospital?

After Joy Birch mentions Keller's name at the hospital in Prisoners, Keller rushes off as Loki chases him in the hospital, then to a car chase outside. Loki loses Keller. So why did Joy Birch mention ...
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Do snakes have any religious symbolism in Prisoners?

In the movie Prisoners, snakes are mentioned/shown a few times throughout the movie. Taylor keeps a few containers filled with bloody clothes and living snakes The mummified kidnaper used to keep ...
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What are we to make of Detective Loki?

In Prisoners, what are we supposed to make of the character of Detective Loki? Is there some symbology to his name (the trickster from Norse mythology) and all the tattoos that adorn his body?
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Why didn't the abducted victims talk?

In the movie Prisoners (2013), the abducted victims (Alex Jones, Bob Taylor and then Anna and Joy) didn't talk -that much- Anna and Joy maybe didn't talk because they were shocked and tired but what ...
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Why does detective Loki visit the priest?

In the movie Prisoners (2013), detective Loki visits a priest while looking for potential kidnaping suspects. When Loki visits the drunk and sleeping priest he finds a mummified body in his basement. ...
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Did Keller Dover die? [duplicate]

At the end of Prisoners Keller Dover was forced to jump into the dark pit hole below the junked car on gunpoint by Mrs Jones. He was seen finding a red whistle that fell from his daughter using a ...
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What's up with Bob Taylor in Prisoners (2013)? [duplicate]

I never really understood the character of Bob Taylor in Prisoners - his motives and why he is important to the story at all. Firstly, for some reason, he is attracted to children's toys and clothing....
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How did Bob Taylor get out of the children's room?

I watched the scene in Prisoners where Bob Taylor supposedly breaks into the Dovers' house carefully. When he gets into the children's room, Mrs. Dover comes right after him but then he mysteriously ...
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What is the importance of trees in Prisoners?

Throughout Prisoners, different shots of different trees are shown (including the famous tree shot at the beginning) and after searching for some time about what do they really mean I only found this ...
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In the movie prisoners what does Alex mean he never came [duplicate]

When Alex Jones is imprisoned in the makeshift shower/bath torture area made by Keller Dover. He says during one scene “I’m not Alex.” But then he says “I waited but he never came” “ I just wanted to ...
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Was Alex's accident a planned torture?

When Mrs Jones tells Keller that Alex stopped talking after his little accident with snakes, can we conclude that Alex was actually tortured with snakes to tune his mind and away from talking?
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Was Alex Jones alone in the RV when it was parked infront of his old home?

If he was alone, why did he randomly park it in front of old home? If he remembers it to be once his home, then why could he not make an effort to reach out his parents? Considering his 10 year boy ...
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What is the meaning of the flashback to Joy's time in Holly's house?

So in Prisoners, at the part where Joy is in the hospital, and she opens her eyes, they show a flashback of her time in Holly's house. They show this maze book with a note on it "finish all the mazes ...