Yesterday, the film "Prisoners," which was released in theatres in September, came out on Blu-ray. This taut movie would be a good Christmas gift for fans of thrillers.
"Prisoners" stars Hugh Jackman as Keller Dover, a carpenter who lives with his wife (played by Maria Bello) and their two children. On Thanksgiving, Keller and his family have dinner with their friends, Franklin and Nancy Birch (played by Terrence Howard and Viola Davis), who also have two kids. Shortly after dinner, both Keller's young daughter and Franklin's young daughter go missing. A young detective (played by Jake Gyllenhaal) is assigned to the case. When the only suspect in the case is released due to a lack of evidence, Keller feels he has to take matters into his own hands.
"Prisoners" is very well directed by Denis Villeneuve. He creates a very dark atmosphere and often makes the film shocking. Also, he makes the climax very suspenseful.
The Dovers and the Birchs are normally warm, generous and kind people. But when their children go missing, they become vicious, desperate people. The performances are all great. Hugh Jackman embodies his scared, angry character. Jake Gyllenhaal is excellent as the tenacious Detective Loki. Maria Bello is very good, showing how sad and scared her character is. Another memorable performance is from Melissa Leo, who plays the aunt of the suspect.
"Prisoners" is very creepy, but it is also very well made.