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How far would you go to protect your family? Oscar® nominee Hugh Jackman stars as a man facing every parent's worst nightmare. His six-year-old daughter is missing, together with her young friend -- and as minutes turn to hours, panic sets in. The only lead is a dilapidated RV that had earlier been parked on their street. Heading the investigation, the detective in charge arrests its driver , but a lack of evidence forces his release. As the police pursue multiple leads and pressure mounts, knowing his child's life is at stake, the frantic father decides he has no choice but to take matters into his own hands. But just how far will he go to protect his family? Led by Jackman and Gyllenhaal, this dramatic thriller features an all-star cast, including Maria Bello as Keller's distraught wife; Oscar® nominees Terrence Howard and Viola Davis as the other parents, whose daughter also went missing; in addition to Academy Award® winner Melissa Leo.]]>
A normal Thanksgiving in a normal American town--violently interrupted. Two little girls have gone missing, swallowed up by the dark places that lurk even in this ordinary-looking landscape. This solid suspense premise allows Prisoners to take its time exploring the people affected by the event: a father (Hugh Jackman) with a vigilante attitude, a cop (Jake Gyllenhaal) with an intense manner and a perfect record in solving cases, a simple-minded suspect (Paul Dano) and his protective guardian (Melissa Leo). Other people caught in this vortex are played by Terrence Howard, Viola Davis, and Maria Bello, so the film has no shortage of onscreen firepower. Still, the main character is somehow this drizzly, gloomy town, where French-Canadian filmmaker Denis Villeneuve (Incendies) creates a memorably uneasy mood. The movie's concerns are broadly drawn, and screenwriter Aaron Guzikowski's plot developments get lurid at times, but the eerie pacing gets under your skin, and late revelations carry the chill of genuine American Gothic. Not all thrillers need to hammer us with quick editing and overblown effects, as this scary exercise ably proves. --Robert Horton
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Its one of those "edge of your sofa, totally engaging, nail-biter"...Hugh Jackman and Jake G. are phenomenal.
The two young male actors playing the creeps are really convincing at their roles, and Maria Bello has proven once more that she
is a talented drama actress.
The movies is basically about two acquainted families living in the suburbs, whose young daughters get kidnapped during one Thanksgiving dinner. The father of one of the daughters begins a frantic search for his daughter, hence getting into conflict with the police, specifically with the detective leading the case. As the investigation and search continues, days go by, and strange events begin to unfold...some twists and turns on the way, with a killer ending will want to make you watch this film again.
I'll give the plot away 'cause with no suggestion of solution to a widely identifiable fear, wha. . . ? Kids disappear, are saved, dads exact own vengeance (BOTH of them); wives sleepwalk through tragedy; former ganger-turned-cop endures rainy stakeouts and risks a similar outcome like that of the intended victims. Yes, Jackman runs the show, his ungiving tactics gets hearts pumping; Jake is all restraint. What then is justifiable, vengeance for any loss, repeating violent tactics? As someone reviewed, it's entertainment. Okay.
Suspense? YOU GOT IT
Handsome tattoo'd cop? MMM-HMMMM
Me watching this entire movie through my fingers while screaming "SWEET BABY ANGELS!!" HELL YES
I want to watch this movie every day forever, but I don't think my psyche can handle it. Stop what you're doing and WATCH THIS MOVIE.
Seriously, stop reading this review, BUY THIS MOVIE AND WATCH IT.