"PRISONERS" from Warner Brothers opens Fri. Sept. 20, 2013.
STARRING: Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Maria Bello, Viola Davis, Paul Dano.
DIRECTOR: Denis Villeneuve.
Keller Dover (Jackman) is facing every parent's worst nightmare. His 6-year-old daughter and her young friend are missing. As minutes turn to hours, panic sets in. Heading into the investigation, Detective Loki (Gyllenhaal) arrests the driver of an RV by the crime scene but a lack of evidence forces the only suspect's release. Dover decides to do whatever it takes to find his daughter, posing the question: at what point does seeking justice cross the line into becoming a vigilante?
Last week, audiences turned unreal unscary garbage into the number one film of the week. "Insidious 2" is less scary than an episode of Scooby Doo. It'll be quite educational to see how audiences respond to real-life terror as they watch Hugh Jackman give the dramatic performance of a lifetime as the parent of a missing child.
Very little in life is worse or scarier than having a child go missing. Nothing changes a man (in this case) or a woman faster than this eventuality. Rational thought goes out the window. Guilt...self-blame...anger...frustration...hatred...a desire for revenge. All these emotions rush to the surface at once and explode in a chaotic burst of irrational reaction to extreme stress.
All of this is evident on Jackman's face and in his words and action. What he does in this film crosses the line of sanity and blurs the concept of justice. But how far is too far...and when is it not far enough? What would you do if it was your child? How much of it could you live with if this was you? In this day and age, in this country, the legal system favors the criminal, victimizing the victim a second time. What if crime was actually against the law and criminals had to pay a severe price? That...sounds like justice.