It felt like reading a good suspense novel, but visually, and with the help of imagination. This was the third Denis Villeneuve‘s film I had watched in a short while: Incendies and Enemy, each one of them was just as good as the last one. Unlike the other two, this one didn’t have much orchestral work to support the different tempos of the story, and perhaps it would have been a distraction. In other words, if I were to visualise a real life crime, it would be unlikely to have background music in my ears either; I believe this was the same effect Villeneuve wanted the audience to feel: raw real emotions, i.e., hearing own heartbeats.
This is a good detective story with amazing big-name Hollywood’s actors in both lead and supporting roles. For one, this will the first time Hugh Jackman plays a bad guy with questionable but understandable intention: Keller Dover. He is one of the missing girls’ father on a mission to recover her dead or alive: Let God. The other family headed by Terrence Howard’s, Franklin Birch, and wife, Nancy (Viola Davis), loses their daughter on the same day. Jake Gyllenhaal is Detective Loki that has never failed a case. The suspect is Alex Jones(Paul Dano) comes and goes of his Aunt Holly’s (Melissa Leo) house.
A good suspense story is one that constantly leads you to a dead end, or one that asks you to re-examine something that you may have already formulated a conclusion: wilful blindness. The film successfully used its main plot(Keller Dover’s state of mind) to distract you or perhaps to draw you closer, at the same time, it constantly created dissonance (could it be someone else?) to question what you already accept to be true, and as always to put you in a moral rollercoaster. To further heighten your senses, there was the conflicting and confrontational dynamics between Loki and Keller that was played so well between Jackman and Gyllenhaal. Their emotions were right in front of you, pixelised on screen like ink on paper.
Watch…curl up with a glass of Carbenet Sauvignon, and savour.