Have you ever gone to the movies and noticed that you are the only one in the theater under the age of 50? Well, every time Fall comes around and Oscar season starts to rev its engines, that is the average audience for nearly every movie likely to get an Oscar nod.

However, Hollywood rookie director Denis Villeneuve was able to hit an incredibly high-note with his debut blockbuster, “Prisoners”. With an all-star cast that could easily be copared to the great NBA dream teams of old, “Prisoners” takes its audience on a thrill ride of epic proportions.

Starring all time greats like Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, Maria Bello and Terrence Howard, Villeneuve was able to assemble the perfect cast for this incredibly dark drama that takes you into the depths of the human psyche.

From the opening shots of the film you get a tense chill that plants its roots in your spine, and does not release until the final credits roll. The amazing story of two family’s children being kidnapped has so much depth and intrigue that you are never bored with the active storyline always keeping you on the edge of your seat.

“Prisoners” is easily the best film of the year so far but it is definitely not for everyone. The film is very intense and the subject matter may be too much for some people especially parents of young children.

But once you get passed the intensity of the film and sink into your theater seat, hold on tight for one of the best dramas in recent years.

I definitely recommend seeing “Prisoners” and I would give this film a 5 out of 5, my first of the semester.