Prisoners Trailer Asks The Question ‘Who Would Kidnap Wolverine’s Kid?’

We’ve seen the stories and heard the Amber Alerts. But what happens when a father goes into berserker mode, taking the law into his own hand? Going to desperate lengths to solve the mystery of his daughter’s disappearance. That’s the premise of Prisoners, a new crime drama from Warner Bros. and French-Canadian filmmaker Denis Villeneuve (Incendies).

The screenplay from Aaron Guzikowski became a hot property in Hollywood when it made its appearance on “The Black List,” an annual survey of the best screenplays not yet in production. Other notable screenplays that appeared on this list include Juno, The King’s Speech, Slumdog Millionaire and 50/50.

In the film, Keller Dover (Jackman), his wife (Maria Bello), and young daughter spend Thanksgiving with their neighbors (Terrence Howard and Viola Davis), who also have a daughter. What should have been a Happy Thanksgiving soon turns ominous as the two kids go outside to play … and don’t come home.

Jake Gyllenhaal is the detective on the case who manages to find the suspected vehicle and apprehend its nefarious-looking driver (as played by Paul Dano). But due to a lack of evidence, the suspect is released and well, it just makes Wolverine want to string him up and get the answers he wants. Thus he goes from loving husband to a man of desperation, a vengeance-seeking vigilante.

Frankly, I think the trailer is too revealing in its subject, giving off the impression that I’ve seen the entire film minus the ending, but we shall see when it opens in theaters on September 20th.

Interestingly enough, the film will open the same day as Ron Howard’s Rush. Some of you may recall that Howard directed the film Ransom in which Mel Gibson played an airline magnate whose son is held for ransom.

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