Prisoners is a thriller about the infectiousness of sin. Its very first shot evokes the end of innocence: Pennsylvania woods under new-fallen snow, a young deer caught in a rifle’s crosshairs, a man’s voice murmuring the Lord’s Prayer (and dwelling a bit on “forgive us our trespasses”), the sound of the shot, the deer’s collapse, and a father congratulating his teenage son on his first kill...

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Richard Alleva has been reviewing movies for Commonweal since 1990.