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part of a small rebellion | by maryann johanson

Prisoners trailer: Detective who now?

The cast is amazing: Hugh Jackman, Maria Bello, Jake Gyllenhaal, Terrence Howard, Viola Davis, Paul Dano, Melissa Leo — wow times a thousand. The story looks compelling (if familiar). But I am deeply concerned about the fact that one character is called “Detective Loki.” I know it’s actually a genuine surname that real people have today, but there are too many frivolous associations connected with it. I’m worried.

US/Canada release date: Sep 20 2013 | UK release date: Sep 27 2013
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  • RogerBW

    Child abduction by stranger (a vanishingly rare thing), and implied support for torture. Was this film funded by the Campaign for Fear of Others, or something?

  • US culture has been running on fear since at least the 1950s. The UK is doing a good job of following in the US’s path.

  • RogerBW

    I agree entirely. It’s just rare in my experience to see it so blatant.

  • Tonio Kruger

    I guess the name Loki must be a British thing because it is certainly not a common surname in any of the places I have lived.

    Then again one person’s common surname — or for that matter, common Christian name — is another person’s not-so-common name.

  • Greyhound

    How is this kind of movie getting made now? It looks like a grittier version of a Lifetime Movie of the Week from the ’80s or maybe early ’90s. Anyway, I have no idea how this is going to be good, despite the awesome cast they’ve assembled. Trashy fearsploitation dressed up as Oscar bait.

  • RogerBW

    No, pretty much unheard-of in the UK too.

  • I’ve never met anyone with the name, but I Googled it and found a geneology site with some mentions:


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