ScreeningNotes’s review published on Letterboxd:
Those of you that have been with me for a while now might remember that I'm working on an unnecessarily large paper on contemporary representations of the law, and I just moved on to part 3 and (considering I had to rewatch Prisoners to do it) I figured I'd share a little of my progress with you. Between working two jobs and reviewing everything I watch I don't have a lot of time to work on it, but as they say, slow and steady wins the race. Just a brief introductory snippet because it's still in rough draft stages and I'm always shy about sharing works-in-progress, but if anyone wants a peak behind the scenes here it is.
"Returning to our analogy with Kafka's "Before the Law," both RoboCop and Dredd depict men who, unlike the man from the country, have been allowed admittance to the law but found it as morally contentious as the crime kept outside. But while it may be no secret that state-founded institutions of the law have their issues, the popular solution of vigilantism often runs into the same problems. The idea of an average citizen (a "man from the country") taking the responsibility for bringing justice into his own hands is explored in the recent explosion of superhero films as well as a large proportion of detective fiction. But by far the most interesting recent depiction of the pursuit of vigilante justice comes from Denis Villeneuve's dark thriller Prisoners. The film tells the story of Keller Dover (Hugh Jackman), a man forced to search for justice outside the gate of the law and pushed to extremes which call into question the ethics of his crusade."