When the weather is like this, there’s only thing I want to do – bury my head in a duvet and lounge on the sofa with a movie and a big bag of chocolates for company.
Unfortunately I have the post-holiday diet to contend with though, so the chocolates are out.
But I did venture out to the cinema this week and I was so blown away by the movie I saw that I had no choice but to dedicate my column to it this week.
Oscar-nominated director Denis Villeneuve must have known he was on to something special when he paired Hollywood heavyweights Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhall in his latest movie Prisoners.
If he didn’t then, I’m sure he does now because the result is astonishing.
Prisoners is a suspense thriller that poses one question – how far would you go to protect your child?
The on-screen chemistry between characters Keller Dover (Jackman), who faces every parent’s worst nightmare when his six-year-old daughter goes missing with a friend, and Detective Loki (Gyllenhaal), who leads the investigation into their disappearance, is outstanding and breathtaking.
I was captivated by the rawness of Jackman’s performance as he takes matters into his own hands when Detective Loki finds no evidence or leads following his daughter’s disappearance.
When minutes turns into hours and hours turn into days, Jackman faces the demons within him.
I hope I’m not giving too much away when I say Jackman’s character ends up kidnapping the prime suspect and inflicting days of torture on him in the hope he’ll reveal the truth as to his daughter’s whereabouts.
A film of this nature could have been filled with stereotypical scenarios and clichés, but what you actually see is a dark suspense movie that makes you question the actions and thoughts of the characters and, indeed, yourself.
It’s mind-blowing. I actually got out of my seat twice to go to the toilet during the movie, only to return when I got as far as the door because I literally couldn’t take my eyes off the screen.
It was that good!