Eleven-time Oscar nominee is up again for ''Prisoners'' -- we survey some of his best work
Deakins' first collaboration with Sam Mendes is a tough watch: It's a war film about near-existential boredom, and is also itself quite boring. Until the final act, when fighting breaks out. Deakins takes great advantage of the visual possibilities empty landscapes, burning oilfields but the most memorable scene comes right near the end, when the surviving soldiers exultantly unload their weapons into the air. The shot of Peter Sarsgaard's unhinged Troy finally getting to fire his weapon is rich with meaning: It's somehow ejaculatory and impotent all at once.