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Prisoners
Prisoners“A child disappearing is the reality of
  the unthinkable; but not knowing if
  his daughter and her friend are alive
  or dead drives a dedicated father
  and family man to the brink of madness,
  where he will do whatever it takes to
  discover the truth in Prisoners..
.”

A HAPPY THANKSGIVING SHARED with friends is the beginning of a nightmare for the families of two young girls who disappear — the only possible clue being the presence of an RV in the neighbourhood, being driven by a young man with learning difficulties.

Keller Dover (Hugh Jackman: Les MisÚrables), his wife Grace (Golden Globe Award nominee Maria Bello: A History Of Violence; The Cooler) and their children Ralph (Dylan Minnette) and Anna (Erin Gerasimonovich) have been invited to celebrate Thanksgiving with their friends Franklin (Oscar Nominee Terrence Howard: Hustle & Flow) and Nancy Birch (Oscar nominee Viola Davis: The Help; Doubt) and their children Eliza (ZoŰ Soul) and Joy (Kyla-Drew Simmons).

In the powerful
and emotional thriller
Prisoners, a man is
driven to the brink
as each tense
twist brings him closer
to discovering
the fate of his missing
daughter.
Hugh Jackman is
the man...”
Anna has lost a whistle given to her by her father and she wants to go back home to find it with Joy. Although they have been told not to leave the house alone, they do; and some time later their frantic parents realise they are missing.

After a thorough search of the area, they call the Police and Ralph gives them a description of the dilapidated RV. The vehicle is quickly found and the driver, Alex Jones (Paul Dano) who has the mind of a ten-year-old is held for questioning but released due to a lack of evidence.

In charge of the investigation is Detective Loki (the wonderful Jake Gyllenhaal: Brokeback Mountain), who explores every possibility and follows up the increasing number of clues including the unsolved disappearance of young Barry Milland twenty-six years ago. But have they missed something vital along the way? Could someone else be responsible for the disappearance of Anna and Joy?

As Police and volunteers search for the missing girls, the mummified body of a man is found in the church cellar and Father Patrick Dunn (David Dastmalchian) is brought in for questioning. Could the death of this man have a bearing on the case?

As the days pass, a desperate Keller gets increasingly frustrated until at last his anger spills over and he does something that puts him on the wrong side of the law he commits an unthinkable atrocity in an attempt to force a conclusion. Convinced his daughter is still alive and that every second wasted puts her and Joy's life in danger, he becomes as cold-hearted and unfeeling as the hardest criminal. Hugh Jackman is utterly and horrifyingly convincing.

Just how far will a father go to protect his family? In the powerful and emotional thriller Prisoners, a man is driven to the brink as each tense twist brings him closer to discovering the fate of his missing daughter. Hugh Jackman is the man.

In places difficult to watch as there is an element of prolonged human suffering, Prisoners is nevertheless a commendable thriller with a surprising and tragic final twist.

Prisoners also features: Academy Award winner Melissa Leo (The Fighter) as Holly Jones; Wayne Duvall as Captain Richard O'Malley; David Dastmalchian as Bob Taylor and the lovely Lana Yoo as the Chinese Waitress.

Music is by Jˇhann Jˇhannsson; Director of Photography is Roger A Deakin, ASC, BSC; Written by Aaron Guzikowski; Produced by Broderick Johnson, Kira Davis, Andrew A Kosove and Adam Kolbrenner; Executive Producers include Mark Wahlberg; Directed by Denis Villeneuve.

* Prisoners is released by Entertainment One on Blu-ray and DVD from 3 February 2014. Running time: Blu-ray 153 mins approx; DVD 147 mins approx | RRP: Blu-ray ú24.99; DVD ú19.99.

"In the powerful and emotional thriller Prisoners, a man is driven to the brink as each tense twist brings him closer to discovering the fate of his missing daughter. Hugh Jackman is the man" Maggie Woods