Hugh Jackman delivers an award winning performance in Denis Villeneuve’s “Prisoners.”
With A-list actors as Jake Gyllenhaal and “The Help” star Viola Davis, the scene of “Prisoners” is set in a drab wintery town in Pennsylvania. As two families gather for Thanksgiving, giving thanks quickly turns into begging for guidance when the youngest daughters from both families go missing.
Jackman’s character of the religious family man quickly turns to vengeful animal as he takes an all-or-nothing approach to the case, taking it into his own hands. Gyllenhaal, playing the over-wrought chief of investigations, has never left a case unsolved, and is hell bent on finding the girls – dead or alive.
Although the movie seems predictable and clean cut, a series of sick and demented plot twists will keep viewers on the edge of their seats, and grasping the arms of their neighbors.
Maybe violence against children and suspense isn’t your thing, but exquisite writing must be respected and recognized as “The Prisoners” evokes a powerful visceral reaction.
Also, despite repellent scenes of violence and the mentally anguishing journeys of characters that are “made to love,” the cinematics of the movie are impeccable. The production team creates a bleak, hopeless feel as snow falls to the ground in the small Pennsylvanian town, where it rests coldly on the faith and hearts of the loved ones of the two missing children.