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.

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Tue, Sep 03, 2013 3:40pm

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?

MaryAnn Johanson
reply to  RogerBW
Tue, Sep 03, 2013 8:16pm

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.

reply to  MaryAnn Johanson
Tue, Sep 03, 2013 8:26pm

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

Tonio Kruger
Wed, Sep 04, 2013 2:24am

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.

reply to  Tonio Kruger
Wed, Sep 04, 2013 7:33am

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

MaryAnn Johanson
reply to  Tonio Kruger
Wed, Sep 04, 2013 7:54am

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

Wed, Sep 04, 2013 6:08am

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.