Prisoners (2013) by Denis Villeneuve
Following the mysterious disappearance of his 6 year-old daughter, Keller Dover takes it upon himself to track her down, while police detective Loki pursues a different course of action to reach the same answer. Driven into distress, the horrific measures these characters resort to in attempts to find little Anna, depict the effect a lack of knowledge and control has on a person.
Incredibly portrayed by Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal, the two protagonists present two different displays of helplessness and frustration: where one combusts into bursts of extreme rage, the other suffers through a more subtle eruption of facial tics. Nevertheless both are representations of desperation and examples of what that may turn a person into.
Prisoners is a maze through which director Dennis Villeneuve doesn’t attempt to hold our hand. Unravelling the plot in random leads and hints, the audience stays hooked till the very end to see the loose ends neatly tied. As viewers, we witness events along with the characters of the story, given no more or less information than them. In this way, Villeneuve keeps his audience in the dark and on the edge of their seats throughout the film- making it an extremely gripping watch.