Jackman and Gyllenhaal on the Case in 'Prisoners' Trailer and Posters

Friday, 28 June 2013 07:58 Written by  Jordan DeSaulnier
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Jackman and Gyllenhaal on the Case in 'Prisoners' Trailer and Posters

"It is a full-on whodunit," Jake Gyllenhaal said of Prisoners recently.

A new theatrical trailer for the film plays up that quality, making Prisoners look like a taut thriller packed with meaty roles for good actors, while two new posters show Gyllenhaal and Hugh Jackman looking intense in their different ways.

Hitting theaters on September 20th, Prisoners boasts an impressive ensemble.  Jackman and Gyllenhaal both provide leading man chops, but there's still room for the likes of Viola Davis, Maria Bello, Terrence Howard, Melissa Leo, and Paul Dano.

Jackman plays Keller Dover, a normal guy enjoying a hang out with his wife and neighbors when his six-year old and her friend are abducted, presumably by the driver of a creepy-looking RV.  The driver is taken into custody, but when he's released without charges due to a lack of evidence, the detective on the case, played by Gyllenhaal, must do some old fashioned police work, figuring out what's afoot as the clock ticks for two little kids.  Frustrated by Detective Loki's pace, an increasingly desperate, Dover takes matters into his own hands, nabbing the suspect and questioning him on his own.

"By the end, you're thinking anyone could have done it," Gyllenhaal explained when the first trailer hit last month.  That trailer focused on Jackman's story, and made Prisoners look like a more straightforward parental nightmare.

This new trailer, available in high definition at Apple, includes plenty of abduction ickiness, but also plays up the thriller element.

Prisoners is directed by Denis Villeneuve, a French-Canadian helmer best known for the excellent Incendies.

"This is about a parent's journey, what they are willing to do to find their daughter," the director explained last month.  "We had to dig into the human soul. And we needed the right actors. The movie is only as good as their performances."

For his part, it was easy for Jackman to tap into a sense of parental panic. "As a parent, you immediately feel sick to your stomach at the thought of it. It's so devastating when that happens," said Jackman. "And so unnatural. That normal desire to protect is so strong. When a child goes missing like that, it's almost too much to bear."

The film definitely hits some panic buttons, with Dano's pedo-glasses and that rusty, horrifying RV evoking the basic terror of kidnapping by creep.

Anywho, check out these two posters, which provide little to no indication of Prisoners is all about:

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