Prisoners hits the big screen today, just two weeks after its world premiere at TIFF. The thriller from Quebec director Denis Villeneuve stars Hugh Jackman as a desperate dad who takes the law into his own hands after his young daughter and her friend are kidnapped. Jake Gyllenhaal plays the hard-nosed lead investigator on the case. Paul Dano tackles the role of the creepy prime suspect, while Maria Bello, Terrence Howard, Viola Davis and Melissa Leo round out the powerful cast.
CBC caught up with the film's stars during the festival. Watch this video where they discuss the terrifying plot that blurs the line between good and evil:
Prisoners is Villeneuve's first cinematic foray into Hollywood after a string of strong independent features. His 2010 drama Incendies got an Oscar nod for Best Foreign Language film, and a year earlier he took home the Best Director Genie Award for Polytechnique.
Jake Gyllenhaal has gotten to know Villeneuve very well over the past year. Not only did they work together on Prisoners, they also teamed up for the thriller Enemy, which also debuted at TIFF.
CBC arts reporter Deana Sumanac sat down for a chat with Gyllenhaal at the festival. Have a look at this raw interview where he shares what it was like working with the talented Canadian director:
CBC also caught up with the Prisoners cast on the red carpet at the film's TIFF gala premiere. Check out this video where the stars sing the praises of Villeneuve: