Sometimes a movie just comes and goes without a lot of noise and if you aren't watching for it you don't know what you've missed. This is especially true of Prisoners which just had its theatrical release in September and has already gone to DVD. This wasn't on my radar either and I am so glad that fellow Movie Maniac Mat steered me towards it.
The acting in this is tremendous. Often I find when a movie is an ensemble with a bunch of well-known names it just doesn't come together like it should. This is not the case here. Everybody's performances are controlled and hit all the right marks. I've never seen a better performance from Hugh Jackman--this is not gruff but lovable Wolverine, nor heroic Jean valJean singing his heart out. This is a man absolutely driven by his certainty, past the point of all reason. Jake Gyllenhaal is pitch perfect, and the two of them deserve any awards thrown their way. Terrence Howard, Melissa Leo, Paul Dano, Maria Bello, and Viola Davis round out the very good cast.
This is the best thriller I have seen all year, maybe even a couple of years. There's no denying it is dark and there are some very disturbing scenes that I actually had to look away from, but what a story. Tightly woven interconnecting threads come together for an explosive ending that leaves you reeling. Don't wait to put your hold on this one.
If this doesn't get some Oscar nods I will be seriously disappointed.