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When his daughter and her friend disappear, a desperate Dad (Hugh Jackman) disappointed by the way a police detective (Jake Gyllenhaal) is handling the case, kidnaps the person he suspects is responsible (Paul Dano).

Why is Prisoners rated R?

Official MPAA Rating: Prisoners is rated R for for disturbing violent content including torture, and language throughout.

Please Note: We have not viewed this movie. The information below is a summary based on data gathered from government and industry sponsored film classification agencies in various global regions.

This additional information about the movie’s content is taken from the notes of various Canadian Film Classification boards:


- Frequent explicit violence.

- Infrequent portrayals of gun, weapons, and hand-to-hand violence, with blood and some brutal detail.

- Violent acts shown in a realistic manner with details, blood and tissue damage.

- Brief portrayal of suicide with blood and detail.

- Depictions of fighting, beating, torture and shooting.

- Disturbing scenes / adverse psychological impact.

- Gory and grotesque images.

Sexual Content:

- Mild sexual references and language.


- Frequent use of the sexual expletive.

- Infrequent use of scatological slang and vulgar expressions.

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