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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
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.
Jake Gyllenhaal and Denis Villeneuve had such a great time doing Enemy (2013) that Villeneuve cast the actor for this movie without any audition.
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.
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.
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.
The screenplay for this film was featured in the 2009 Blacklist; a list of the "most liked" unmade scripts of the year.
Paul Dano admits to being attracted to roles of this nature (learning difficulties, screaming, nonsensical ranting) and says he draws on his own personal and private experiences to perfect these recurring roles.
There are no opening credits just the Title of the movie.
According to writer Aaron Guzikowski, the original cut of the film was 3 hours.
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.
When detective Loki is looking through the notebook he finds at Bob Taylor's, the last page you see has a character drawn on it that looks a lot like the rabbit from Jake Gyllenhaals early movie Donnie Darko.
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.
After filming had been completed, the costume and prop departments donated all of the clothing and props to Fodac Thrift Store in Tucker, Georgia.
The film cast includes one Oscar winner: Melissa Leo; and four Oscar nominees: Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis and Terrence Howard.
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Jessica Chastain was rumored for a role.


The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

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.

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