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Viola Davis and Terrence Howard are Frightened Parents in New Photo and Extended TV Spot for 'Prisoners'

by Jai Tiggett
August 16, 2013 5:53 PM
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Viola Davis, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Terrence Howard in 'Prisoners'
Warner Bros. Viola Davis, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Terrence Howard in 'Prisoners'

Warner Bros. has released the above image and a new 60-second TV spot for its upcoming thriller Prisoners, which co-stars Viola Davis and Terrence Howard along with Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Maria Bello and Paul Dano. 

The child abduction thriller centers on two sets of parents whose daughters disappear from their quiet block. As time ticks away and the girls aren't found, one of the fathers takes matters into his own hands with the man suspecting of abducting them. 

Jackman and Gyllenhaal receive top billing as father and lead detective. Considering, though, that there are two sets of parents whose children go missing in the film, with the two dads apparently responding in wildly different ways, it will be interesting to see how the story is handled. With the girls being of different races it brings to mind the routine media neglect for missing children of color. But so far it's unclear what issues will be explored and exactly how having two missing girls will factor into the plot. 

Prisoners opens in theaters September 20. It was also announced this month that the film will screen as a special presentation of the Toronto Film Festival. 

Find the new 60-second spot below: 

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  • AFRICAN-QUEEN | August 27, 2013 6:20 PMReply

    Why once again are the white people (Hugh & Jake) given the LEAD/TOP HEADLINE roles? The movie is about TWO missing children. It's obvious from looking at Viola Davis scene at the table, her character is a mother tormented over her child missing. Terrace Howard is an excellent actor also. Therefore, ALL PARENTS SHOULD BE EQUALLY IMPORTANT. The beautiful Viola Davis has been nominated for an Oscar. But if the movie brings attention to the racial unfairness in hollywood & life, the movie will have some importance.

  • blackman | August 20, 2013 12:34 AMReply

    Viola Davis lookin WRETCHED and drenched in pain. Is that all she can play? I'm sick of her Ass already.

  • Aeryn | August 17, 2013 5:17 PMReply

    Your assumptions are wrong (and seemingly biased). I've read the script. It's not about race AT ALL. Two sets of parents, one white, one afro-american, the girls are kidnapped - this is just the context, the premise of the movie.
    The actual story revolves around the carpenter (one of the fathers) and the detective, the "civilian" and the law enforcer. Vigilantism vs. law. Sharing the same goal (finding the girls) but approaching the issue completely different. Taking matters into your own hands with the risk of losing your humanity vs. doing things according to the law, slower but honestly and heartily. Who is right; who is wrong? Who will prevail? Suffice to say that in the end the detective becomes the saving hero with the vigilante father becoming the anti-hero.
    Jackman and Gyllenhaal are the leads because the story revolves around their characters, as 2 conflicting concepts who are actually on the same side, a dichotomy.
    It's not about race, it's about moral compass, about the black & white & grey of people's conscience.

  • Paul Notice | August 19, 2013 11:05 AM

    Yeah, Jai literally kept it in a safe and fully-disclosed zone here. Throughout the entire article, he keeps reiterating that he's merely speculating, and that it would be interesting to see how the movie pans out.

    Seriously guys, pay attention to details before flying off the handle. It was fully honest and transparent speculation of an upcoming film. And the points he made about the neglect of missing Black children, and the political/social/historical context these Black characters bring up is valid.

    So Chill.

  • jai | August 18, 2013 7:38 PM

    Firstly, no assumptions were made. It was written pretty plainly: "It's unclear what issues will be explored and exactly how having two missing girls will factor into the plot." No need to "explain" the plot by re-summarizing what was already written above. No need to police this post for racial bias. If you viewed the post as biased it's likely because you didn't read it very carefully. Further, the level of privilege and condescension it takes to condemn the mere mention of race on a blog that discusses black entertainment, usually from a black perspective, is pretty ridiculous. While everyone is welcome to read and comment here, please take the time to think it through before coming in to "correct" someone or police what's being said.

  • Varnee | August 17, 2013 10:25 AMReply

    Everything I've seen so far makes her look like even more of an afterthought than Terrence Howard, and the story revolves around their missing child. A-list white actors would have far more prominence. Hardly equal footing with Jackman & Gyllenhall sucking up all the air.

  • FactChecker | August 16, 2013 8:47 PMReply

    Glad to see Viola being given the opportunity to branch out!

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