Theatrical Release: September 20, 2013


In the rural New England town of Brockton, Massachusetts, neighbors and friends the Dovers and the Birches gather for Thanksgiving dinner, but by the end of the night, their celebration turns to panic when the families’ two youngest daughters go missing. As the hours pass and the girls don’t turn up, it becomes terrifyingly apparent they’ve been kidnapped. After the cops fail to find them, Keller Dover (Hugh Jackman) decides to take the law into his own hands, running up against dedicated Detective Loki (Jake Gyllenhaal). But even as Loki is diligently working against the clock to solve the case, Keller will stop at nothing to get their prime suspect to talk before it’s too late.

Dove Review

What would you do if your child was abducted? This is the story of two families who are searching for their young daughters. When the young man they believe to be responsible for their children’s abduction is released due to a lack of evidence, two fathers kidnap and torture him as they try to make him tell them where the girls are. While nobody can predict what they would do under the same circumstances, the acts committed by these fathers are brutal and bloody. The film was very slow and too calculating. There were a few unexpected twists to the movie but the suspense doesn’t make up for the predictable ending. Due to the content listed below, we do not consider this a film for family viewing.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: None
Language: F-49; JC-1; GD-1; H-3; S-12; A-3; OG/OMG-2
Violence: Boy shoots deer; Young man crashes RV into a tree; Dead body seen decaying; Boy lifts dog by collar and dangles him in the air by his neck; Man beats young man bloody; Bloody clothing in photos; Man blows his own head off with a gun; Man shot in the leg; Man shot in the head; Woman shot with blood; Man tourtures a young man
Drugs: Wine with dinner; Man drinks liquor from bottle a few times; Man forced to drink a from a soda bottle containing a drug; Kids are drugged; Girl injected with some type of drug
Nudity: None
Other: Man with tattoos; Priest is a pedophile


Company: Warner Brothers
Writer: Aaron Guzikowski
Producer: Kira Davis
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 153 min.
Reviewer: Scott Rolfe