No matter how good you think you know yourself, there will always be unexpected situations which can bring out a side you did not know you had in you. In those situations you might act strictly on instinct, forgetting about the rules of society. In Prisoners two families are shocked when their daughters disappear. The fathers, Keller Dover (Hugh Jackman) and Franklin Birch (Terrence Howard) both react differently. Although they initially start searching together, the way they handle once a suspect (played by Paul Dano) has been arrested could not be more different.
Prisoners is one of those good old-fashioned thrillers I feel like I have not seen in a long time. Although a detective, named Loki and played by Jake Gyllenhaal, is investigating the case and is able to arrest a suspect, he does not have enough evidence in order to hold him it is Jackman’s character who is willing to go to extremes in order to find his little girl. Detective Loki meanwhile tries to follow each lead and get the person responsible. He slowly uncovers more details and makes some shocking discoveries, but will he be able to find the girls before they might be lost forever?
Just like the title implies I too felt taken prisoner by this movie. It is such a captivating story and the performances of the whole cast are stunning. Paul Dano keeps impressing me and here he convincingly portrays a strange individual who might have something to do with the disappearance of the girls. Jackman puts a lot of emotion into his role as the father and he really made me think how far I would go if anything happened to my children. I might not think I would do what he does here, but like it happens to him, the situation might bring out something you were not expecting. Gyllenhaal is as solid as ever and with such a great story as this it is a movie that keeps you on the edge of your seat till the end. One of my favorite movies this year.