Despite boasting a cliché storyline, Prisoners is a starkly directed and wonderfully-produced thriller that will keep people on the edge of their seats.
Keller Dover (Hugh Jackman) plays the father of 6-year-old Anna, who goes missing during an overcast Thanksgiving day. Together with her friend Joy, who’s daughter to Nancy (Viola Davis) and Franklin Birch (Terrence Howard), the girls suddenly disappear, in the wake of a holiday feast.
The only lead the family’s got is one run-down RV that had earlier been parked outside on their road. Detective Loki (Jake Gyllenhaal) leads the investigation when he arrests the driver, Alex Jones (Paul Dano). Lack of evidence later forces the suspect’s release.
As the plot thickens, so does Dover’s panic, as he feels the pressure of his child’s life slipping right through his fingers. The police pursue a slew of leads, but make no arrests. Once Dover’s anxiety culminates, the frantic father decides to take matters into his own hands by kidnapping the driver, who he has reason to believe is in on Anna and Joy’s abduction. His good friend, Birch, though in a resisting manner, assists in the brutal acts that take place during the hostage.
Set in the eerie suburbs of Pennsylvania, Prisoners –– directed by Denis Villeneuve –– is one of this year’s gems in the suspenseful category. All around, a popcorn-eatin’ goodie!