Denis Villeneuve’s “Prisoners” is a dark and gripping thriller about the lengths that a parent would go to find their child. The film stars Hugh Jackman as Keller Dover a man whose child goes missing on Thanksgiving. His neighbors’ daughter goes missing as well and Dover enlists the help of Franklin Birch (Terrence Howard) in getting information out of suspect Alex Jones (Paul Dano) by kidnapping him and imprisoning him in a contraption. He tortures the man who he believes knows exactly where his daughter is.
Meanwhile, Detective Loki (Jake Gyllenhaal) is assigned to the case and tries everything to track down the missing girls while butting heads with Dover.
I really enjoyed this movie due to several factors. The cinematography is amazing with its dark view of the small Pennsylvania town. It is constantly rainy and cloudy which adds to the film’s gloomy atmosphere. Another factor is Jake Gyllenhaal’s performance as a dark detective who seems to have issues of his own that he has buried deep within himself. He is constantly working and doesn’t seem to even rest. He is a one-man team trying to find these girls that he has promised to find to the mothers.
After watching this movie I am very intrigued to watch Villeneuve’s “Enemy” which also stars Jake Gyllenhaal.