April 27, 2014


Prisoners (Denis Villeneuve, 2013). Again, some deep (American) fear and hope: the dream of rescuing lost children, even retrospectively and even if it requires a miracle (this opened four months before True Detective aired and four months after the world heard about Ariel Castro). The screenplay by Aaron Guzikowski is full of ideas – perhaps too many – and a few loose ends, but Villeneuve’s direction, Roger Deakins’ shooting and the acting carry it. A bearded Hugh Jackman is as gruff and unyielding as an Old Testament patriarch, but I wanted more of the lonely, blinking, obsessive cop given depth by Jake Gyllenhaal with only a sketch of a back story.