Prisoners, with Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, Terrence Howard & Maria Bello. Director, Denis Villeneuve. Certainly, this was a showcase for these actors’ dramatic abilities & I thought they did stepped up to the plate. Performing to their utmost abilities in this twisting mystery.
Jackman, last reviewed in Wolverine, seethed in anger & rage, in his portrayal of a father in the US state of Georgia, whose child is one of two to go missing on Thanksgiving Day. It’s amazing that this Australian can so effectively become an American. I believed him, only remembering who he is, after the film. Well worth his pay, I say.
Gyllenhaal, Howard & Davis were each well placed in their supportive roles. Gyllenhaal emoting to the hundredth degree, his appearance suggesting & partially explaining his character’s depth, where dialogue did not.
This was definitely Jackman’s movie; however. Though Gyllenhaal pulls up a close second with a powerful performance, as a detective caught between raging parents & his investigation into the disappearance of the children. With time a limiting factor, the pace of the film was dictated by the need to find them as soon as possible & by any means, according to the parents.
I recommend the film. While child abduction isn’t the most original of themes, there’s more to this movie than one would suppose.
Jackman may not be the ultimate thespian but he’s a good actor. His tears are telling.