Two young girls go missing, leaving their
families and the police in an intense situation.
Directed by Denis Villeneuve
Written by Aaron Guzikowski
Starring Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Maria Bello,
Terrence Howard, Viola Davis, Melissa Leo, Paul Dano
Oscar Nominations - Best Cinematography
Prisoners has one of the most interesting casts I’ve ever seen put together and a director that officially arrived with this film and is definitely here to stay after following it up with Enemy, Sicario, Arrival, and Blade Runner 2049. Truly one of the best runs from this past decade for a director and 100% the best script that Guzikowski has ever written. I hope he and Villeneuve team up again at some point, because Prisoners is a hell of a ride.
Hugh Jackman and Maria Bello play a married couple who are visiting their neighbors, played by Terrence Howard and Viola Davis. It’s a normal dinner party with both families fully present until they notice their daughters aren’t anywhere to be found. Keller Dover (Jackman) definitely wants to take matters into his own hands and he does, but Detective Loki (Gyllenhaal) is put in charge of finding the missing girls and Keller doesn’t really see eye to eye with him. Tensions rise rapidly and steadily in very thrilling fashion as the families and police scramble in search of their children.
Prisoners does a great job of immediately grabbing your attention with awesome character introductions and even better progression. Jake Gyllenhaal is the standout as Detective Loki, who runs into some real weirdos that make his time looking for the missing girls very difficult. Seeing Gyllenhaal and Jackman go head to head in a film this intense is a treat. All the performances are spot on even though the story gets a bit convoluted at times. That’s okay when Loki is on the case and Villeneuve is directing.