First Prisoners Trailer – Let The Promotion Begin
My jaw almost dropped in surprise, I didn’t expect it to be this dark and gripping. Here’s a little background from an interview with Jake and Hugh Jackman courtesy of USAToday
“Things are getting tense between Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal in Prisoners.
The thriller (out Sept. 20) features Jackman as a frantic father who is searching for his kidnapped daughter and is frustrated with the police detective (Gyllenhaal) on the case. For Gyllenhaal and French-Canadian director Denis Villeneuve, it’s their second collaboration in a row, with their thriller An Enemy due out later this year.
Gyllenhaal says his Detective Loki and Jackman’s Keller Dover are working on different levels in Prisoners. “This is instinct meeting institution, and neither of us looks very happy. But there are similarities between the two of them, which is why they butt heads.”
A scene in which Jackman confronts Gyllenhaal in his car, about keeping a suspect in custody, also marks a key point in the unfolding drama.
“They have a chance to work together, but at this moment, my character goes off on his own,” says Jackman. “This is where there is a parting of the ways. And it’s the beginning of some pretty hairy stuff.”
Torture to be exact. Jackman kidnaps the man he believes committed the crime (played by Paul Dano in full creepy mode). It’s a desperate, criminal effort to extract vital information about the disappearance of his daughter and another missing girl.
“The movie doesn’t condone violence,” says Gyllenhaal. “But at that same time it’s so relatable to need to solve the situation yourself as a parent, taking things into your own hands.”
“As a parent, you immediately feel sick to your stomach at the thought of it. It’s so devastating when that happens. And so unnatural,” says Jackman. “That normal desire to protect is so strong. When a child goes missing like that, it’s almost too much to bear.”
“I am not someone who feels the end justifies the means,” he adds. “But then again, when it comes to my child, I might feel differently.”
The momentous act spins the volatile situation even more out control. Meanwhile, the question lingers about who actually committed the crime. Even Gyllenhaal’s brooding detective, who’s obsessed with the criminal mind, is not above suspicion.
“It is a full-on whodunit,” says Gyllenhaal. “By the end, you’re thinking anyone could have done it.”
Prisoners‘ supporting cast includes Maria Bello (as Dover’s wife), along with Terrence Howard and Viola Davis (playing parents of the other missing girl) . Villeneuve says he needed a deep bench on the Atlanta set.
“This is about a parent’s journey, what they are willing to do to find their daughter,” says Villeneuve. “We had to dig into the human soul. And we needed the right actors. The movie is only as good as their performances.”
Having read the original script I don’t share the view of those who think that the trailer gives too much of the plot away. Even if the final result will differ from the script, which has been around and in the black list for years, plot twists are guaranteed.
And to think that Denis Villeneuve thought he wouldn’t get it and that it was a fragile project:
After that, they were still looking for a director, and they kept coming back: “They would really like to meet you.” I said, “What do I have to lose?” I will meet, and the script is fantastic, and I’ve been very inspired by the script, but I know that I won’t get the gig. I will just meet the people, just for the culture of meeting executives, just to see what it looks like, just to experience it. That’s what I said to my wife, “I’ll go there, I’m going to Los Angeles, and I have no pressure, because I know I won’t get it. I won’t do that film. It’s too big.” But I did get it!
[…] I didn’t expect to make a film as quick [after Incendies]. The truth is the script is fantastic, but it’s a very tough and dark script, and right now there’s nobody attached to it. And that kind of script, it has to have a strong cast in order to work – strong actors. Maybe in three weeks you will learn that it doesn’t work because it depends on the casting. I was the first one surprised it[his attachment as director] was out in the press, because for me it’s a very fragile project. Maybe I will do it, I will see. I will be thrilled to do it.
Nothing to be excited about but here’s the official website of the film.