January 31, 2014

Prisoners: What You Need To Know
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Prisoners: What You Need To Know

Jake Gyllenhaal and Hugh Jackman star in this tense drama about two missing children and it comes to DVD on Monday (February 3). Here's what you need to know about it:


What’s the background?

One of this year's quiet hits, this dark drama about the abduction of two young girls performed handsomely at cinemas, taking well over $120 million in the process. Directed by Canadian Denis Villeneuve and scripted by Aaron Guzikowski, it also proved to be a hit with critics, gaining rave reviews when it was released in the UK in September.


Who’s in it?

This is a proper, old-fashioner two hander. Hugh Jackman stars at Kellen Dover, the father of one of the missing girl while Jake Gyllenhaal plays Detective Loki, the man tasked with finding her. Viola Davis and Terence Howard also appear as Nancy and Franklin Birch, parents of the other girl who goes missing. Maria Bello portrays Jackman's wife Grace, while Paul Dano also stars as Alex Jones, a local man suspected of kidnapping the girls.


What’s the plot?

We begin at Thanksgiving with the Dovers (Jackman and Bello) and the Birches (Howard and Davis) sitting down for dinner, only for both to soon discover that their daughters have gone missing. After the families contact the police, Detective Loki (Gyllenhaal) is dispatched to investigate the disappearance and, from there, things get very dark and very interesting indeed…


Does it deliver?

It's gritty, it's tense, it's probably a bit too long, but it's captivating none the less. The performances are very strong and it's difficult not to get swept up in it, well worth a watch.


Prisoners is released on DVD and Blu-Ray on Monday (February 3).

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