A Pennsylvania man kidnaps the person he suspects is behind the disappearance of his young daughter and her best friend.
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Where should I even begin complimenting this film? Firstly, the film was well-casted. Hugh Jackman portrayed the figure of a father extremely well. Desperate for the return of his daughter, he went from being a calm, rational person to become a beast he never was, doing all things just to get his daughter back. He made the situation look real, though it may seem like he was over-reacting. He did his homework. Jake Gyllenhaal, as detective Loki, was a match made in heaven. It seemed as if he was born for this role. In the movie, he was as badass and frustrated as one can get. He dealt with situations very well. The rest of the actors did their parts well. But the most credit has to be given to Paul Dano. He showed massive potential in this movie as he can act as a psychopath and also a victim of an uncompromising physical abuse that brought me to the edge of my seat as he was brutally injured by Jackman. It was definitely a leap in his career.
Secondly, it was better than what I had expected it to be. Never did I expect a tale of two missing girls to become a self-inflicting psychothriller which included more blood and suspense than the expendables and silence of the lambs combined. Okay, I may be exaggerating but it did serve gigantic portions of both elements. Not only was I contented with that, I was also delighted by the fact that the plot was new. It was eccentric and electrifying at the same time. “Never judge a book by its cover”, these words have never been so true. The short synopsis of the movie made me undermine the ability of the movie to cover great details of the true story. The honorary mention goes out to the script writers. I think they did a lot of research to find out about this case and added their own twist to the story. With two psychopaths as suspects, it made Gyllenhaal’s AKA detective Loki’s job extremely difficult to solve. With a sickening father (Jackman) pressing on him, Gyllenhaal was on the verge of breaking down, but he never did. He brought out the little genius inside him to crack the case. The scriptwriters deserved some praise to drift the audience sideways by bringing more and more suspects. As Jackman took things into his own hands, he tortured Dano and made us feel like Dano was the kidnapper. For the smart Alecs out there who felt that it couldn’t be this simple, there was the dude with the snakes, Dastmalchian AKA Bob Taylor, who drew maps. This time, I thought there may be some relationship between the location of the children and the maps, but to no avail as he killed himself in the interrogation room. When all hope is lost, Jackman went to confront Mrs Milland and it turns out that this old lady was the mastermind of these kidnappings and she had been doing this for years, previously with her late husband and now by herself.
Now the parts I didn’t like. I like the twist but it didn’t quite fit in. How can ‘wolverine’ allow a frail old woman with a gun to take control of him? To me, it was like taking a bullet to my foot. Maybe, guns talk. Also, when Loki heard whistles coming from the car, the movie stopped. For frequent movie goers like me, I don’t sit in a chair for 2.5 hours not knowing how the ending turns out like. I want to know if Jackman got saved or not.
Overall, it was an acting master class. Heart-warming and psychotic enough, I could not have predicted it to have turned out this way. Well-casted and the twists throughout the movies are phenomenal. It can be included in the genre of movies that make you think after you have watched it. People who wish to pursue a career in acting may wish to change their dreams after watching it. It takes some serious talent to act like Dano or Jackman.
This movie is one of the best films I have seen. It had fantastic cinematography, incredible acting, a great script and plot line. I went to the showing of this film about a father trying to find his little daughter, I had high expectations going into the film and was blown away by the results. You feel for every character in this film, each actor was able to make you feel what they felt. Yes the film is long, but if you're willing to sit through the entire ride you'll not be disappointed. I have seen many films by both Jake Gyllenhaal and Hugh Jackman and, I have to say, this was their best career performance. Their characters were so strong and powerful, not taking anything away from the rest of the cast, Terrence Howard and Viola Davis were also fantastic, but Jackmen and Gyllenhaal blew me away. It is a tough film to sit through with some very disturbing images but if you like these types of intense dramas and you enjoy a movie that makes you think then please go. It's a fantastic film and hopefully will be one of the top of the year. I encourage everyone to go see it.