As Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal Arrive for Premiere of "Prisoners," Critics Are Hailing the New Film
They’re two of Hollywood’s most handsome, and most successful actors: Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal. And they were up in Canada Friday (September 6) for the premiere of their new film, “Prisoners,” at the Toronto International Film Festival.
The flick is already garnering rave reviews. Dennis Macinnes of theguardian.com writes, “In his first English language film, Quebeçois director Denis Villeneuve has produced a masterful thriller that is also an engrossing study of a small town America battered by recession, fear and the unrelenting elements.”
Jackman is cast as Keller Dover, a carpenter whose daughter goes missing on a stormy Thanksgiving afternoon. Suspicions immediately fall on local loner Alex Jones (Paul Dano) whose rusting RV is spotted at the scene of the disappearance. Jones is detained but remains mute during questioning. When he’s released, Dover seeks to take the law into his own hands.
Macinnes goes on to write, “Jackman's Dover is a study in intensity, his brow tightly furrowed throughout.” He also lauds Gyllenhaal’s performance as “brilliant.” The “Brokeback Mountain” actor plays a local detective who adheres strictly to the principles of police work.