Hugh Jackman, left, in 'Prisoner' (Photo: Screengrab/Warner Bros.)
Hugh Jackman goes into real berserker mode as a father who takes the law into his own hands after his daughter is kidnapped in "Prisoners," the new crime drama from French-Canadian director Denis Villeneuve ("Incendies," "Maelstrom").
The trailer opens pleasantly enough in the cold, grey American suburbs, where Keller Dover (Jackman), his wife (Maria Bello), and young daughter spend Thanksgiving with their neighbors (Terrence Howard and Viola Davis), who also have a daughter. A happy Turkey Day soon turns ominous as the two kids go outside to play ... and don't come home.
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Jake Gyllenhaal, once again getting his cop on (he did rather well recently as a police officer in "End of Watch"), plays the detective on the case who manages to arrest a suspect (the looking even creepier than usual Paul Dano). Unfortunately, the lack of evidence results in the man being released ... and, well, that's when Wolverine steps in.
Hugh Jackman showed off his "protective father" chops last year in "Les Miserables," but there's nothing musical-theatre-ish about "Prisoners." This looks to be a hard-hitting, gloves-off thriller, a kind of horror film for parents as the worst nightmare of any family comes true and turns at least one father into a desperate, vengeance-seeking vigilante. The film seems to lack the exploitative B-movie tone of the recent similarly-themed "Law Abiding Citizen," turning "Prisoners" into more of a cautionary tale than a cathartic revenge fantasy.
Ultimately, no one can do pained 'n tortured quite like Hugh Jackman, to the point where we hope he gets a gig that allows him to be a happy-go-lucky rascal (like, you know, that Baz Luhrmann movie he was in that no one saw a few years back) sometime soon, just to decompress from all the ranting and raving. For now, though, we get Jackman unleashed this year in "The Wolverine," opening July 26, and in "Prisoners," opening September 20.
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