Cinematic: Father desperately looks for daughter in ‘Prisoners’

Desperate father: Jake Gyllenhaal and Hugh Jackman star in the dramatic thriller Prisoners.

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Desperate father: Jake Gyllenhaal and Hugh Jackman star in the dramatic thriller “Prisoners.”

William Rodriguez, Cinematic Columnist

“Prisoners” is a thriller like no other; it is an excruciating, agonizing, raging movie. It also has a twist that you would never expect, making it No. 1 in the US box office for the first weeks it came out. The film will leave you speechless and you will see yourself trying to figure out what will happen next.

This movie begins with Keller Dover (Hugh Jackman) as the father of a little girl named Anna (Erin Gerasimovich) and with his wife and son as well. The Dover family is at their home, but are about to depart to a neighbor’s house because it is Thanksgiving and the neighbors invited them to eat dinner with them.

The Dover family walks to the house, and they get together for the feast. The neighbors also have a daughter named Eliza (Zoe Borde) who is the same age as Anna. The two girls go play in their room, but later want to go outside, so the older brother (Dylan Minnette) of Anna goes with them to take care of them. After having fun outside, the two little girls come back inside to eat turkey. It’s all going well, and the family is in the living room listening to music, and having a good time, and then later on the older brother is watching TV, and his father asks where the girls are, but they are nowhere to be found in the house.

They parents and brother both search for their daughters outside and even in the Dover house, but they are not anywhere. The brother remembers that there was this strangely looking RV and there could have been someone inside, and the first time when they went to go play, the girls where around that RV. This begins a very large search hunt for the girls by the police.

One day after the girls have disappeared, the father is contacted by a detective (Jake Gyllenhaal) who will be working with his daughter’s case, and explains that he will do everything in his power to bring the girl back home with the family. The police also begin to search everywhere in the town for any signs of the girls, and to their luck they do find the RV that was described by the brother of Anna, and they also find a man that could be involved with the kidnapping of the girls, who then crashes into a nearby tree, but the police arrest him alive anyways, and he is taken to further questioning at the police station.

The man whose name is Alex Jones, (Paul Dano) doesn’t want to say anything and rather seems confused as well. He shows signs of fear and that he is not really a bad person. Apart from all that, he just doesn’t speak much, and they have not much evidence to say he is the kidnapper. The police say they can only hold him in custody for 2 days and after that he will be released unless they find something. To make matters worse, the mother (Maria Bello) of Anna Dover is going through tough times and becomes very anxious and depressed that Keller, her husband, can’t seem to find Anna anywhere.

Keller decides he will take matters into his own hands right after the police releases Alex Jones and he is set free. Mr. Dover plans to get him in the middle of the night and take him to an old house of his to find the truth of what he did to his daughter and the neighbor’s daughter. He indeed does do that, and he takes Alex to his abandoned house and ties him up, and the torture begins.

The father really goes desperate for answers of where the girls might be hiding, that he punches Alex so much till he bleeds. After all that pain, Alex Jones is still not saying much, and endures many weeks of it. Throughout all of that which is happening, Detective Loki is searching for clues that can lead to an explanation of the kidnapping of the two girls.

As minutes turn into hours, the panic for finding the girls rises. Everyone is very worried for the girls, and Detective Loki knows that there are lives at stake. At one moment he meets up with Keller and they argue due to the lack of information and of how frustrated he is to trying to find his daughter. Both of the girls Anna and Eliza have been close friends since they live close to each other, and it is like they are family to each other.

This movie brings a whole new perspective to “How far would you go to protect your family”? Obviously Keller does everything in collaboration with the police to try to find the girls. In the movie he goes through anxiety and he believes this is all one big nightmare, and that when he wakes up, his daughter will be there.

The other family, the parents of Eliza, are also worried for their daughter, but not as much as the Dover family, and it’s a very big deal when both of the families argue for answers and look for ways to fix all this.

In the end this movie will leave you speechless, and you will have to think about everything you just saw and put it together like one big puzzle. You will be mesmerized by the situation that was occurring throughout the movie, and it will have you believing one thing, when in reality it was all a part of a bigger scheme.

If you pay attention to the movie, and you focus on all the clues, you might just find the truth, just like Detective Loki is trying to accomplish in the movie.

This film is a drama, thriller, and crime, but also shows many kinds of tones throughout it, and you will not regret yourself for seeing it. I recommend this movie for everyone, because you will experience something you have never seen before and it gets exciting when you begin to watch it. I will leave it to you to see it, and it is now showing in most theatres, including Cinemark Mall del Norte and Hollywood Theatres.