I’ve got to admit, when it comes to sub-genres that get my juices flowing, the vigilante revenge flick scores pretty highly.

Dialling things right back to the likes of Ms.45, up to more recent efforts like the over-the-top Death Sentence, there’s something weirdly satisfying in watching someone carry out some blood-soaked brand of personal justice.

Probably dialling back on the blood-soaked bit, but still looking as though it is going to be pretty hard hitting, is Prisoners, the latest movie from Canadian director Denis Villeneuve (of Incendies fame).

Asking the age-old question of just how far you would go to protect your family, Hugh Jackman stars as Keller Dover, a loving father whose world is turned upside down when his daughter (along with her friend) go missing.

Jake Gyllenhaal (playing Detective Loki) is called in to investigate, but with the police struggling to come up with many leads, Dover decides to take the law into his own hands and search for answers himself.

Maria Bello appears as Keller’s wife, with additional appearances from the likes of Paul Dano, Viola Davis and Melissa Leo.

The heavyweight nature of the cast leads one to think Prisoners will err more on the side of thoughtful musings than exploitative action, but the trailer still promises plenty of gritty, moody goings-on.

Prisoners makes its debut at the Toronto Film Festival next week, and hits UK cinemas on September 27.

We’ll be waiting…..

 

 

About The Author

Simon Fitzjohn

Simon is a journalism tutor in London, who also just happens to be a movie fanatic, with a craving for the darker side of cinema. He has written two books, one on the horror films of director Bob Clark (2014) and the other on the history of the character Norman Bates (2015). His third book, on the work of British exploitation director Pete Walker, is due in 2017.