Director: Denis Villeneuve
Stars: Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, Paul Dano, Maria Bello, Terrence Howard, Melissa Leo
Release date: September 20
It's about time Hugh Jackman abandoned those Wolverine claws and stopped singing. In what looks to be the Academy Award nominee's grittiest film to date, Jackman stars in Prisoners as an Average Joe carpenter whose six-year-old daughter and her friend get abducted on Thanksgiving. Thinking he knows who's taken the little girls, Jackman's character oversteps the case's detective's (Jake Gyllenhaal) authority, kidnaps the guy whom he suspects (Paul Dano), and gets to torturing.
Indeed, it's a far cry from Jean Valjean. Backed by a tense, highly promising first trailer, Prisoners might not be the feel-good movie of the fall, but the potential for serious, profound audience trauma is there. Plus, it's the stateside debut of Canadian director Denis Villeneuve, whose 2011 film festival darling, and Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Language Film, nominee Incendies is a must-see for fans of dark psychological dramas. —MB