Watch: Trailer For Abduction Drama 'Prisoners' Starring Hugh Jackman & Jake Gyllenhaal

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by Edward Davis
May 30, 2013 8:20 PM
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It was mooted as one of Hollywood script's circa 2009. In fact, it landed at the top of the BlackList pile that year. Names like Leonardo DiCaprio, Bryan Singer, Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale were thrown around in several different versions, but for whatever reason the film never quite came together. However, one actor stayed the course. Hugh Jackman was set to play the lead in 2010 and, cut to a few years later, the actor was still game and ready to play the role in the newest iteration.

Directed by celebrated "Incendies" director Denis Villeneuve, "Prisoners" features an excellent cast that includes Jake Gyllenhaal, Maria Bello, Terrance Howard, Viola Davis, Melissa Leo and Paul Dano.

Here's the official synopsis: 
Keller Dover is facing every parent’s worst nightmare. His 6-year-old daughter and her young friend are missing, and as minutes turn to hours, panic sets in. The only lead is a dilapidated RV that had been parked on their street. Heading the investigation, Detective Loki arrests its driver, but a lack of evidence forces the only suspect’s release. Knowing his child’s life is at stake, the frantic Dover decides he has no choice but to take matters into his own hands. The desperate father will do whatever it takes to find the girls, but in doing so, may lose himself, begging the question: When do you cross the line between seeking justice and becoming a vigilante?
Written by Aaron Guzikowski, and having read the script years ago, this "Prisoners" trailer looks exactly as it should be: intense, gritty and raw. The film is due in theaters September 20th, which we assume means a TIFF bow earlier in the month.
   
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10 Comments

  • Alan B | May 31, 2013 5:21 AMReply

    "Written by Aaron Guzikowski, and having read the script years ago, this "Prisoners" trailer looks exactly as it should be"

    I know I said I wouldn't be back but ... are you really saying that the TRAILER read the script and was written by Aaaron Guzikowska? You should rewrite the sentence so that - I don't know - the dependent clause relates to the sentence's subject. That's it: I am done.

  • JD | May 30, 2013 9:04 PMReply

    The title refers to how the characters are all placed inside a prison whether it be literal or figurative after the kidnapping. In reality its more like Mystic River meets In the Bedroom very hit an miss script and the film looks much the same. Jackman looking to cement his Oscar nom with more critical material and Gyllenhaal trying to re-establish himself among the elite seeing his career stall in the last couple of years.

  • kara | May 30, 2013 10:25 PM

    ....stall in the last couple of years?? Last year's "End of Watch" got Gyllenhaal a plethora of accolades for his performance and pre-awards buzz for a second Oscar nomination. (Even here, on The Playlist.) He didn't make it on the final list because there were too many powerful performances in big, epic dramas or...Weinstein productions, and "End of Watch" was small, not Oscar-type material.

  • Kara | May 30, 2013 10:05 PM

    ....stall in the last couple of years?? 2012's "End of Watch" got Gyllenhaal a plethora of accolades for his performance. He had pre-awards buzz for a second Oscar nomination, but didn't make it on the list because there were too many powerful performances in big, epic dramas or....Weinstein productions, and "End of Watch" was small, not Oscar-type material.

  • [A] | May 30, 2013 8:48 PMReply

    Good trailer.

    I see Jake Gyllenhaal haven't given up on acting. Good for him?

  • Hellen | May 30, 2013 10:58 PM

    Jake Gyllenhaal has 2 new movies already finished and 3 upcoming ones.
    He got 2 prestigious theatre nominations last month. Do you live under a rock or something?

  • Pat | May 30, 2013 8:34 PMReply

    How exciting! Denis Villeneuve is one of Canada's best talents. Hope he delivers with this strong cast! (His other Gyllenhaal film, An Enemy, doesn't really work, so I'm rooting for a return to form...)

  • Alice | May 30, 2013 11:23 PM

    Pat, that name suits you.

  • Pat | May 30, 2013 9:09 PM

    Well, it was a test screening, but it did have a score, etc. It didn't work in the cut I saw, but I acknowledge that it was not a final cut, so I am hoping for improvement... I'm not 'talking shit', just expressing an opinion. Good on it if its preparing for Venice... I'm a huge fan of Villeneuve and would like to see the film do well.

  • in the know | May 30, 2013 8:53 PM

    Have you seen "An Enemy"? No, you didn't cause it didn't have ANY public screening, only a Canadian test screening before it was completed, no musical score, no definitive scenes.
    "An Enemy" is preparing for a Venice film festival presence, where movies have to be world premieres with NO public screening - it's the rule. So no, you didn't see "An Enemy", you're just talking shit.

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