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Prisoners: Everything We Know About Escaping We Learned From Movies

In prison, it gets extremely boring. So what's a good prisoner to do? Try to escape, of course! Here now are some of cinema's best escape artists
by Anton D. Umali | Sep 25, 2013
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Every parent’s worst nightmare is losing their kid to an abductor, and Prisoners, the new psychological thriller starring Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal, revolves around the dangers of kidnapping and abduction.

When Dover (Jackman) finds that his six-year-old daughter, Anna, is missing together with her friend Joy, a race against the clock begins, forcing the angered father to team-up with Detective Loki (Gyllenhaal) to search for the girls. A young suspect named Alex (Paul Dano) is taken into custody but lack of evidence gets the kid off the hook. Desperate, Dover abducts Alex in hopes that he can compel this shady character into providing information about his daughter’s whereabouts.

The concept of kidnapping as a resolution to a prior kidnapping is a unique exploration in movies. This got us thinking: in the event of being held against your will or being held captive in prison, how can we stay sane? What can we do to be productive with our time and eventually escape our captor’s clutches?

As usual, we turn to the movies for advice. Below are eight flicks that have provided us some insight on what you should do should you find yourself trapped in some form of prison. Time to rattle those cages! Unless you want to end up like this Boysen dude:

                     "Habang buhay, ako sayo'y maghihintay...umaraw man o umulan, di sasablay..."


                                                                             It helps to have a hammer in hand, too

A mysterious abductor imprisons Oh Dae-su for 15 years in this Korean cult sensation (which is getting a remake courtesy of director Spike Lee). Dae-su is then released and tasked to search for the man that had him locked up. To pass the time, he trains himself by imagining opponents in his motel-like cell; honing his boxing skills for the moment he meets his bitter rival.



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                                                           Let Joel Torre's Tatang shows you how it's done 

Direk Erik Matti’s phenomenal crime drama sees jailed misfits Tatang (Joel Torre) and Daniel (Gerald Anderson) carrying out professional hits while biding time inside prison. Though turning into a hit man may be criminally compromising, if you’re in there for life, what’s left to lose? Well, maybe your moral compass.

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