Prisoners (2013) Poster



Early in the film Anna and Joy are seen in the Birch household watching a white rat. Later in the film, when Keller decides to take matters into his own hands and leaves to find Alex, the scene cuts again to the rat at Birch household, but now it is black, foreshadowing Keller Dover's transition from holy man to sinner.
The first time it was submitted to the MPAA, it received an NC-17 rating due to its tone and subject matter. The film's torture scenes were later cut by a couple of frames along with scenes suggesting pedophilia and it then received the R rating.
Detective Loki (played by Jake Gyllenhaal) is clearly visible in many scenes wearing a Freemasons ring on his left hand
The name of Alex Jones' aunt is Holly Jones. Holly Jones is also the name of a ten-year old girl who was kidnapped and murdered in Toronto in 2003.
The moment where Holly asks Keller to drink a little more was improvised by Melissa Leo, who thought Hugh Jackman wasn't drinking enough to make the situation believable.
For the hammer scene, Hugh Jackman was asked by director Denis Villeneuve to be completely ferocious for the next take. That take was used in the final film.
In this film a detective named Loki obsessively tries to find two kidnapped children. In Norse Mythology there is a tale (Loka Táttur) where the god Loki persistently tries to protect a child from a giant named Skrymir after Odin and Hönir tried and given up on the task.
Hugh Jackman portrays a father whose daughter is kidnapped and missing in this film. He was originally attached to play a similar role in The Lovely Bones (2009), but dropped out. That role was filled by Mark Wahlberg, who at one point was attached to play the lead role in this film.
Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale were set to star with Bryan Singer directing, but the two actors opted to make The Fighter (2010) instead.
Leonardo DiCaprio was attached for a long time to the project but he dropped out eventually.
To play Holly Jones, Melissa Leo wore a grey wig and a foam rubber posterior prepared by costume designer Renée April in order to "ground" her character. Leo also requested the props assistants to avoid cleaning her glasses after each day's shooting.
Hugh Jackman was attached to the project with Antoine Fuqua directing. Both dropped out. After several years in development, Jackman returned in the lead role.
There are no opening credits just the Title of the movie.
The byline of one of the newspaper articles shown in the film is "Aaron Guzikowski", the film's screenwriter.
Detective Loki's cards reveal his full name to be David Wayne Loki.
Jessica Chastain was rumored for a role.
According to writer Aaron Guzikowski, the original cut of the film was 3 hours.
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