‘Prisoners’ Trailer: Hugh Jackman Hunts Down His Daughter’s Kidnapper

Published 2 years ago by , Updated July 8th, 2013 at 6:26 pm,

Prisoners is a dramatic-thriller starring Hugh Jackman as Keller Dover, a Pennsylvania family man whose young daughter – as well as his and his wife Grace’s (Mario Bello) best friends’ (Terence Howard and Viola Davis) daughter – is kidnapped, on a cold and miserable day in the middle of winter.

Soon thereafter, a young – and sympathetic – detective (Jake Gyllenhaal) takes the case and is quickly able to track down the seemingly-harmless outsider (Paul Dano) who may be responsible. However, when the cops prove unable to find evidence that links Dano’s character to the girls, Keller decides it’s time for him to take matters into his own hands.

hugh jackman prisoners trailer Prisoners Trailer: Hugh Jackman Hunts Down His Daughters Kidnapper

The trailer for Prisoners – directed by Denis Villeneuve (Incendies) and scripted by Aaron Guzikowski (Contraband) – is pretty intense, and does suggest that the film may amount to more than “Taken in Pennsylvania, starring Hugh Jackman as Liam Neeson.”

Nevertheless, there are noticeable parallels between Villeneuve’s movie and that popular Luc Besson-scripted Euro-thriller – besides the two sharing a “father becomes a vigilante to rescue his daughter” premise - like, how there seems to be a strong political subtext to Prisoners. (Enough so that some people have begun to wonder if the film may be a not-so-subtle allegory for Guantánamo Bay. Now that sounds like a fun movie, no?)

All joking aside, Prisoners boasts an overall strong cast (with Jackman leading the way); question is, will they be able to elevate Guzikowski’s script, which appears to have its fair share of over-used elements (ex. Gyllenhaal playing a cop who gets too personally-invested in the case)? For now, we’ll have to wait and see.


Prisoners opens in U.S. theaters on September 20th, 2013.

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  1. The story is interesting. :)

  2. I dig the vulnerability.

  3. Looks good. I’m planning on checking this one out when it hits theaters. I’m hoping it can be an early Oscar contender.

    I think the script was featured on the Black List, so that’s promising.

    • Doesnt seem like an oscar contender to me. Its so plain, oscar movies need to be somewhat original or a story about someone from history. This seems like a slightly better taken.

      • The director is foreign and had a film nominated in that category for an oscar. His past films were very original and this looks to be the same, despite having the kidnapping angle (I think that’s your only arguement on as to why it’s unoriginal).

  4. Reminds me more of the story from the video game “Heavy Rain”

    • Yes, I agree. That and a huge episode from Cold Case (season finale).

    • I just watched this movie and the whole time I thought it was like it. Later in the movie you hear on the radio, “We will be experiencing heavy rain.” This made me think that parts of it were tributes to it. Idk, just was weird how similar they were to me…

  5. I don’t know who you are. I don’t know what you want. If you are looking for ransom, I can tell you I don’t have money. But what I do have are a very particular set of claws; claws I have acquired over a very long career. Clawss that make me a nightmare for people like you. If you let my daughter go now, that’ll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. But if you don’t, I will look for you, I will find you, and I will kill you…bub.

    • Hahaha genius!!

      I guarantee the kidnapper is not Paul Dano! This trailer reveals far too much, like making Keifer Sutherland the voice in Phone Booth, you’re just waiting for him to show up! Lame

    • This jokes been done to death.

    • If it’s Christmas, would that make Hugh Jackman/Wolverine “Santa Claws”?



  6. Doesn’t look like anything original, but the cast is pretty strong, and that was a great trailer. Might be fun.

  7. But it looks like the trailer gives away the first two thirds of the movie!

  8. This looks reasonably watchable. I will be watching it when it comes out on my “go-to” source for movies, Netflix!

  9. The only reason I’m probably gonna see this is because of Hugh Jackman.

  10. Guys this is Taken 3 ….. with Hugh Jackman in the Brian Mills role

  11. Only the first trailer. Twists and turns still to come.

  12. This looks better than I thought it would but I’ll most likely wait for DVD.
    If I had to guess I’d say that Gyllenhaal’s character has something to do with the kidnapping.

  13. Ok no more trailers I really want to see this

  14. Being screened for festivals. Looks as if WB is campaigning it for the major roles.