Hugh Jackman’s ‘Prisoners’ Gets New Trailer

Abduction drama due out Sept. 20

Warner Bros. is stressing dramatic intensity with its second trailer for Alcon Entertainment’s “Prisoners,” an abduction thriller starring Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano and Melissa Leo.

“Prisoners,” directed by Denis Villeneuve from Aaron Guzikowski’s Black List script, centers around a carpenter — portrayed by Jackman —  whose young daughter is kidnapped along with her best friend.

The studio’s marketing pitch: “The desperate father will do whatever it takes to find the girls, but in doing so, may lose himself, begging the question: When do you cross the line between seeking justice and becoming a vigilante?”

Billed as a “parent’s worst nightmare,” early “Prisoners” footage received positive exhibitor response in April at CinemaCon. Studio has set a Sept. 20 release date, which could portend a premiere at the Toronto International film Festival.

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  1. Ellen says:

    You don’t think LES MIZ was a serious film? Of course it was. A musical is much tougher to pull off than your standard action drama. Ninety-nine percent of all his fellow A-listers could not have played Valjean as well as Hugh did. They simply lack his triple-threat skill set–and that includes Neesom. BTW, did you ever see THE FOUNTAIN? Hugh was amazing in that intense drama. Ditto THE PRESTIGE.

  2. Ana says:

    The plot actually centers on the desperate father AND the driven detective.
    With the same goal, they handle the situation differently. While the vigilante father becomes a morally questionable antihero, the detective emerges as the saving hero of more than just the girl. It’s the opposite of “Taken”: the vigilante gets it (litterally and figuratively) wrong and loses his soul, the lawman gets it (litterally and figuratively) right and becomes the hero.

    • Brent says:


      They have to get people to go see the movie and WB thinks Hugh is the way to get people in the theaters. The only problem with that is no one takes Hugh seriously as a serious actor even the Oscar nomination was for a musical. Do you really think Hugh’s fanbase will get this one? I wish Mark Walberg would have played the Hugh’s character in this one as Mark is not a super hero franchisee. Or even Ben Affleck could have done Hugh’s role.

      It is a great cast but I think Hugh was chosen for his fan base and marketing him as a bad ass Dad is the only way to reach the dead heads. As for the record, Liam Neesom is a great actor by the way Hugh could only hope to be compared to him.

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