Prisoners - Movie Endings Explained

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  • Published on:  Wednesday, September 25, 2019
  • Movie endings, they're usually pretty straight forward right? Everything pays off, the main characters learn something, and our heroes ride off into the sunset. Sometimes though, we don't get the typical ending from a movie, we get something much more nuanced, complex and open ended. The kind of endings that leave things up in the air for all of us to debate and theorize on until we're blue in the face. With Movie Endings Explained, we aim to delve into some of the more ambiguous and mysterious endings to films that have left audiences scratching their heads for years, and to attempt to explain them. In most cases, a definitive answer isn't really there, so we definitely want to hear from YOU on how you interpret the various endings we'll be discussing with this series.

    Previously on Movie Endings Explained we tackled two films from the director Denis Villeneuve, namely ARRIVAL and BLADE RUNNER 2049. This time though we turn to another masterpiece from his recent filmography, far removed from the science fiction grandeur of those two works. 2013's PRISONERS, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Hugh Jackman, is a tightly wrought crime mystery thriller, following the abduction of two children and the hunt to catch the kidnapper. While there is an element of the mystery being solved by the film's close, there is a lingering sense of ambiguity over the fate of a major character. So in this episode we explore the ending of PRISONERS, the steps that may have been put in place to prepare us for that final shot, and the screenwriter's perspective on extra material that was shot for the finale, but not used!

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  • silencia08

    silencia08

     2 days ago

    Its been a while since I've watched this movie. can anyone remind me did Alex die?

  • Sven Figueroa

    Sven Figueroa

     5 days ago +1

    A thing that bothers me, who cares if he went to jail?! The child was SAVED! That’s a life goal.
    And for cases like this one is what pardons are for. He or and his family could start a movement and pressure the gov’t for a pardon. Simple.

    Here, in puerto rico, a teen was murdered in a controlled access house complex. There were witnesses but in court they did not want to finger the shooter who was caught. He went free. Later, the dad went to the witnesses and when they assured him that that piece of shit killed his son, he went and shot him dead. They were all the same hood neighbors. He was jailed but the governor later pardoned him. I think he was a medic if i remember correctly.

  • Sven Figueroa

    Sven Figueroa

     5 days ago

    She shot him in the leg, but you would have to shoot me to death before i go into any stupid pit. The second you enter that black hole...you’re dead and nobody will find you.

  • Sven Figueroa

    Sven Figueroa

     5 days ago

    Btw, who the HELL let’s their children walk alone in the cold at night?! Are they nuts?! 🤷🏿‍♂️

  • Sven Figueroa

    Sven Figueroa

     5 days ago +1

    The forensics team would never heard any whistle over the sound of the generators!

  • Jules Winnfield

    Jules Winnfield

     7 days ago

    Gyllenhaal's best role.

  • nisarg rajguru

    nisarg rajguru

     7 days ago

    Who was thr guy who shot himself ?What was the purpose of that old lady.?

  • Ricardo Chavez

    Ricardo Chavez

     7 days ago +1

    I always thought that he died in that hole

  • Jdawg the Thin God

    Jdawg the Thin God

     7 days ago +5

    Detective Loki is the cop we need, but the cop we don't deserve.

  • Alejandro Martín de Prado

    Alejandro Martín de Prado

     7 days ago

    But Keller would just be accused of torturing Alex right? But not even that because maybe Alex and his real mother, which reunite in the end of the film (you can read it in the newspaper that Loki is reading in his hospital bed), wouldn't want Keller to go to prison and they wouldn't denounce him

  • Gaming G

    Gaming G

     14 days ago

    PRISONERS 2 Or something?

  • Mary Leaf

    Mary Leaf

     14 days ago

    Holy shit Jake looks like Rafe Adler from Uncharted in this film :O

  • Beamzers

    Beamzers

     14 days ago

    Was the dead man in the priest's basement the old ladies husband? She said he left after a fight. It may be he never came back cause the priest killed him. The priest specifically mentioned to Loki the man told him he "had a family." I assumed it was him.

  • Dank Dose

    Dank Dose

     14 days ago

    This movie tells what can believing in god can do to others, the old women's child died so she got angry with god

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     14 days ago

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  • Rd G

    Rd G

     14 days ago +2

    I always got the ending that he heard the whistle and rescued him, on the screenwriters ending comments I would like to think as opposed to prison he got house arrest, I think the character I've been through enough!

  • IlyasAb

    IlyasAb

     21 days ago

    A very underated movie by all means. Exceptional acting from all cast, with intriguing climax given the build up.

  • GoodVoodooGirl

    GoodVoodooGirl

     21 days ago

    One of my fav movies. I’m surprised you didn’t mention Radiohead’s “Codex” on the radio in the background. Clearly Villeneuve is a Radiohead fan, I mean I would use every Radiohead song in every movie if I could, but the must be a reason he picked THAT song to end the movie.

  • Bryan Minasian

    Bryan Minasian

     21 days ago +1

    You should do a video for Movie Endings Explained on "Take Shelter" & "Midsommar."

  • Rikkert077

    Rikkert077

     28 days ago +3

    You've missed one small detail. When the forensics team leaves they turn off the generators and after that loki hears the whistle. Could argue that the forensics team didn't bother to listen for noises before turning them on.