Prisoners – Movie Review
Director: Denis Villeneuve
Writers: Aaron Guzikowski
Stars: Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, Maria Bello, Terrence Howard, Melissa Leo, Paul Dano, Dylan Minnette, Zoe Borde
How far would any man go if his child disappeared? It depends on the man.
Keller Dover’s (Hugh Jackman) personal philosophy, passed down from his father is: “Hope for the best. Prepare for the worst.” He’s a devout survivalist, and a bit of a control freak. When his daughter and her friend are kidnapped–his world is turned upside-down.
The law enforcement team looking for the girls is led by Detective Loki (Jake Gyllenhaal), a man with dogged persistence and focused drive. His detail-oriented approach to police investigation has resulted in a perfect record that he is justifiably proud of, although his personal life has suffered–he has none to speak of.
These two men, how they handle the investigation and interact with each other, as one does his job and the other faces a personal version of hell, is the bulk of the film. And I could have watched them all day.