Director: Denis Villeneuve
Cast: Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, Maria Mello, Terence Howard, Paul Dano
Genre: Crime Drama
Country of Origin: USA 2013
Language: English 153 mins.
'A fantastic thriller- exciting, intense and atmospheric'.
Keller Dover (Hugh Jackman) is facing every parent’s worst nightmare. His six-year-old daughter, Anna has been kidnapped, together with her friend, Joy, and as time passes, panic sets in. The only lead is a dilapidated caper van that had earlier been parked on their street. Heading the investigation, Detective Loki (Jake Gyllenhaal) arrests its driver, Alex Jones (Paul Dano) whom it's assumed holds the key to the mystery but lack of evidence forces his release.
As the police investigation follows multiple leads which draw a blank the pressure mounts and Keller Dover takes matters into his own hands. But how far will Keller Dover go to protect his family? He assumes that Alex Jones has kidnapped his daughter and with the police getting nowhere despair and desperation leads to rage and violence. Further investigation by Detective Loki's includes questioning known sex offenders and leads to other horrific discoveries.
Jake Gyllenhaal is great as Detective Loki eyes blinking, wearily obsessive and probably nursing his own demons but Hugh Jackman whose wife (Maria Bello) lies in bed zombified with tranquillisers is over the top and needs to step back and 'give it a rest '.
Roger Deakin's first rate cinematography adds a noir atmosphere to Denis Villeneuve's English language debut which is more European than American - a fantastic thriller- exciting, intense and atmospheric with Aaron Guzikowski's script offering plot twists and turns that keeps you glued to the screen.