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Hugh Jackman shows what a man will do to find his missing child in the crime thriller, Prisoners. Keller Dover (Hugh Jackman), his wife Grace (Maria Bello) and their children are enjoying a relaxing Thanksgiving with their neighbor’s Franklin (Terrence Howard) and Nancy Birch (Viola Davis). After dinner, the two six year old children of each family, Joy Birch and Anna Dover, go outside to play only to disappear. When the cops are called, Detective Loki (Jake Gyllenhaal) finds out an old RV was seen parked in the neighborhood earlier that same evening. He manages to locate and arrest the driver – a mentally handicapped man named Alex Jones (Paul Dano) but later he’s forced to release him for lack of evidence. When he finds out Alex is no longer in jail, Keller takes matters into his own hands. He kidnaps Alex and begins to interrogate him. (To put it bluntly, he tortures him.) This is one of those films where you will never figure out the end. This may be Hugh Jackman’s best role. He very convincingly displays a full range of emotions from empathy and anguish, to violence and wrath. Jake Gyllenhaal is also fantastic and possibly giving his best performance. The other characters are played by an award winning cast and all are given several minutes to shine. Personally, I felt the little speeches each of the main characters is allowed to give, slow the pace of the film down just slightly. (I’m sure the director had to stroke a few big name egos.) The script goes down several paths with realistic characters, emotional scenes, and some outstanding twists and turns. At two and a half hours, maybe it could have been cut down a tiny bit, but I don’t really know where. (Okay, maybe a little off the ego speeches.) This is one of those movies that when you leave the theater you can’t stop talking about it. (Of course people may look at you strangely if you go to the theater alone and begin talking to yourself) I’m giving this tension filled mystery an A- rating.

This movie has been given an R rating by the MPAA