It’s tough to watch the trailer for Prisoners and not immediately be reminded of Give Us All Our Daughters Back, a parody preview that aired on SNL last fall. Like that fake movie, this real one is a revenge tale that stars a murderers’ row of big-name stars — including Hugh Jackman as the devoted family man driven to the end of his rope when his daughter is kidnapped, Jake Gyllenhaal as the detective who promises to find the girl, and Viola Davis as a stoic mother and Jackman’s friend, whose child is also missing. You can predict what’s coming after about 30 seconds of footage: ominous music, Jackman screaming “WHERE’S. MY. DAUGHTER,” the supposed kidnapper (Paul Dano) sitting bound and gagged in a quiet suburban home.
Then again, considering the level of talent involved — Maria Bello, Terrence Howard, and Melissa Leo also star — Prisoners could very well be more like In the Bedroom than Taken. And give that Gyllenhaal’s character is named Detective Loki, it’s also likely that the film has a few tricks up its sleeves.