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: Those of us who have been tortured by endless replays of the Prisoners
trailer in front of most movies in general and all movies at Williamsburg Cinemas in particular might be forgiven for assuming, given the standard vigilante-justice/murder-mystery notes hammered in with extra trailer repetition, that this is just one of those 90s-ish serial killer type thrillers that good actors inexplicably get tricked into doing. But word on the movie is much more positive, at least enough to explain the participation of Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, Terrence Howard, Melissa Leo, Maria Bello, and poor Paul Dano (not just because he's typecast as weirdos or creeps but also because the trailer makes his status as the sole non-Oscar-nominee of the cast abundantly clear—and shouldn't he have gotten some kind of award for not being completely blown off the screen by Daniel Day-Lewis in There Will Be Blood
? Eh?). Handy/glib comparisons put the movie somewhere between Mystic River
, and frankly, "better than Mystic River
but not as amazing as Zodiac
" is about what I can reasonably expect from a high-toned crime thriller.