When Keller Dover's daughter and her friend go missing, he takes matters into his own hands as the police pursue multiple leads and the pressure mounts.
It sounds like just another run-off-the-mill thriller, right? But believe you me it's so much more than that! Hugh Jackman (I was thinking he was Scott Eastman - they really do look alike) puts on an amazing act of aggression, and you know any movie with Terrence Howard is bound to be great, but Jake Gyllenhaal is like the ultimate insurance that it really will be a really great movie. I've yet to see anything short of amazing with him in it.
He seems to be in all the best-filmed car chases too - it was the same with Nightcrawler. Or maybe car chase is the wrong word. Race against time, more like. The speed and danger... if they're not the same already the Fast and Furious franchise sure could use the director of either this or that movie!
Of course there are other great actors too. Villains too. They're all great. They all deal with their grief and anxiety in different ways, yet while Keller's wife is weeping away in bed, on meds, he (Jackman) takes on a much more hands-on approach. Detective Loki (Gyllenhaal) is doing his best to sort things out, but Keller doesn't make it easy for him, and his boss isn't easy on him either when things go wrong - though he's not easy on his boss when things go wrong because of him. They're really all a bunch of angry people.
What's interesting with the movie is that the antagonist is present right from the beginning, though is he really the antagonist? You learn more as you go, and the characters put the pieces of the puzzle together in their own ways, though who has the right pieces remains to be seen.
It's revealed when you least expect it. All the clues start to make sense. Finally you wish the main character would reach the same revelations, fast, and yet he heads towards an imminent doom without realizing...
The detective story isn't the thing that makes this movie great, though, it's the human nature. Raw and savage human nature, emotions, relations, and characters that don't care for the consequences of the actions they take.
They don't over-explain themselves. They do what they have to do and don't care who gets in their way. It's not full-steam action all the way, but it's tense, and when it's intense it's intense! All the while the suspense builds, the clock ticks, the skies are cloudy and brooding and weigh heavy upon the world.
The movie radiates an increasing, never-ending pressure, from start to finish, even before the kids disappear. That's what makes it so great.
rated 5/5: friggin awesome