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Watch Terrence Howard, Viola Davis, In Tense First Trailer For Vigilante Thriller 'Prisoners'

by Tambay A. Obenson
May 30, 2013 10:49 PM
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Here's your first look at Terrence Howard and Viola Davis, alongside Jake GyllenhaalPaul DanoHugh Jackman, Maria Bello and Melissa Leo in Dennis Villeneuve's thriller Prisoners.

The story (from a script penned by Aaron Guzikowski - Contraband), centers on a "small-town carpenter named Keller (Jackman) whose young daughter and her best friend are kidnapped. After the cops fail to find them, Keller takes the law into his own hands, but in the process runs up against Detective Loki (Gyllenhaal), a hot-shot cop with confidence to burn."

Terrence Howard and Viola Davis play the parents of the best friend kidnapped with Jackman's daughter.

The Oscar-nominated Villeneuve's last work was the critically acclaimed Incendies, so, given this cast, the story, Villeneuve's hand, and the below first trailer, this should definitely be worth a look when it hits theaters this fall.

Alcon8:38 Productions and Madhouse Entertainment are all producing.

Ed McDonnell and John Stark are executive producers.

Watch the tense trailer below:

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  • Kevin Sorrell | May 31, 2013 11:28 PMReply

    The trailer looks interesting and really draws me in... until about halfway through when I start wondering "Where are the Black folks?" The fact they disappear for such a long time in the trailer gives me pause about, as Miss Leading said, how much screen time Terrance and Viola have. I need to see more, but I can't imagine how badass it would be to see the families working side-by-side with the same intensity to find their daughters.

  • PhredG | May 31, 2013 5:17 PMReply

    Looks intense alright. My only "issue" is the "white-man-takes-charge/action-while-the-black-folks-cry" appearance. I'll let the "Where's MY daughter?!" line pass since trailers are often crafted by outside companies specializing in them. The previous/following line coulda been "Where's THEIR daughter?!". Will go see.

  • Peggy | May 31, 2013 12:43 PMReply

    So I guess the white actors are the stars? Why is it every time I see Viola Davis she is always crying and wiping her nose?

  • Come'on Guys | May 31, 2013 11:50 PM

    You guys are never satisfied.... I mean if the story is that both daughters come up missing, wouldn't people cry? And it seems that when Terrance walks in on what Hugh Jackman is doing, he wanted no part of it, like he was the voice of reason. Yea they could have switched the roles, but then if it were Terrance Howard doing the crazy imprisonment of the young guy who is the accused kidnapper, then you would be saying "why the black man get a lead role, and he has to be the crazy guy that goes and kidnaps the suspect? why the black man gotta be the illogical monster? blah blah blah." They could have easily cast another white couple in this film, and at LEAST Viola got to wear her natural hair! I mean fuck, that has to count for something right?

  • Sweeta | May 31, 2013 1:10 PM


  • sergio | May 31, 2013 11:02 AMReply

    I remember Antoine Fuqua was at one time attached to direct this with Christian Bale as the father

  • BluTopaz | June 2, 2013 1:01 PM

    Hugh is ok, but I would have LOVED to see Christian's crazy ass play the father who becomes unhinged.

  • Donella | May 31, 2013 8:39 AMReply

    This looks good. I'll watch.

  • hiveship99 | May 31, 2013 5:40 AMReply

    This looks like it is worth checking out.

  • Campbell | May 30, 2013 11:58 PMReply

    Looks good to me!

  • miss leading | May 30, 2013 11:31 PMReply

    With a cast like this and the story being about other characters, I wonder how much screen time Terrence & Viola will actually have.

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