Director Denis Villeneuve has much to be proud of, as his new thriller earned the respect and adulation of the Toronto International Film Festival community. Starring Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Terrence Howard, Viola Davis, Maria Bello and Paul Dano, Prisoners is a visceral and thrilling moment in cinematic history that audiences are likely to remember the rest of the year. The film finds Jackman playing a blue collar family man by name of Keller, who, through a series of unfortunate events, kidnaps a person of interest in the disappearance of both his and a neighbor’s daughter that was set free by the police. The move by Detective Loki (played brilliantly by Jake Gyllenhaal) and his ilk, triggers Keller into going off of a ledge and brutally pummeling the local misfit named Alex (Dano) in hopes of finding his daughter. Keller’s best friend and next-door neighbor, Franklin (Howard) joins in Keller’s disturbing and abusive interrogation, even though he expresses an appalled feeling throughout it all. As Jackman’s character treats the would-be criminal like a terrorist, there is a race against time to not only get the children back before it is too late, but to find the person (or persons) responsible for such a heinous crime. During our visit to Toronto, we got a chance to sit in on the press junket, which featured the cast (minus Viola Davis), composer Jóhann Jóhannsson, costume designer Renee April, and director Denis Villeneuve. The chat featured everyone confessing how it felt to deal with the real and imagined loss of their children; what they would do if placed in a similar real-life scenario; how Prisoners truly affected their own family life, and the impact of God and their respective beliefs. Listen to the conversation in the embedded player below:
Prisoners will startle audiences when it comes to theaters on September 20, 2013.