Viola Davis has spoken candidly about the plight of black actresses in Hollywood and the perennial threat of being typecast. Determined to rise about it, the Essence cover star is diversifying her portfolio with a new film, “Prisoners.”

The thriller is markedly different from her previous work, focusing on the fight to find two missing girls (the onscreen daughter of Davis and Terrence Howard, and her best friend whose parents are played by Hugh Jackman and Maria Bello). The girls are abducted outside their homes on Thanksgiving Day.

The film thrives on drama, action and suspense but it’s especially fascinating to see how the characters’ morality and sense of right and wrong is tested when their family’s safety is compromised.

With emotions running high throughout the film, Viola Davis and Terrance Howard deliver the powerfully poignant performances we’ve come to expect from them.

Check out the trailer for the riveting thriller below, which features an all-star cast including Jake Gyllenhaal and Melissa Leo:



Will you check out the film when it hits theaters today?

  • Knotty Natural

    I am so happy she’s not wearing a wig! They take away from her natural beauty! Go Viola! I am not a Terrence Howard fan but when the movie premiers on either netflix, or at the redbox, I’ll definitely see it!

  • Me

    Happy for them. Had the best friend/family been black too, this would’ve been at the top of my to see list.

  • Sheena

    Looks good. I’ll definitely give it a go.

  • pinky

    The come up has been real. I will be supporting this firm.

  • myblackfriendsays

    I definitely want to see this movie. When Terence Howard says, “What did you do?!!” in the preview–I don’t think I’ve ever heard one simple line sound so eerie.

    Alas, I have a two month old so I think I’m going to have to wait for it to come out on DVD.

  • lynn

    Won’t pay money to see anything with Terrence Howard in it, nope.

  • lisa

    Nice to see a black couple, they could easily have casted a mixed raced woman instead of Viola, as they usually do. I hope there is a good believeable chemistry between the cast. I will definetely be seeing this when it comes out.

  • SE

    I can’t wait to see it. It looks pretty good.

  • 9Boots

    That’s right. Mr. Howard gets none of my dollars. I love Viola Davis though, too bad that nut is in the movie.

  • ruggie

    This looks good. A thriller with a moral dilemma and all start cast – yes!

  • Me27

    I just saw the film and it was pretty good. The plot was somewhat easy to figure out, although there were parts I did not expect at all. Overall I enjoyed the film and I enjoyed the acting. It’s worth seeing.

  • MommieDearest

    That’s my dilemma. I hate to put money in Terrance’s pocket, but I think I’ll ‘hold my nose” and check it out anyway. It’s an intelligent thriller revolving around a normal black family caught in a situation that is universal; no slaves, no servants, no pathological dysfunction and no overdone stereotypes. *shrugs*

  • 9Boots

    You have the option of renting it from the RedBox when it comes out. This way Terrence does not get the box office support and you satisfy your need.

  • Yb

    I saw the movie last night at it was absolutely thrilling. Everyone was on the edge of their seat and to be able to watch Viola Davis for two hours was the icing on the cake.

  • RenJennM

    I saw it last night. I enjoyed it, but I saw it with my mom who has no patience for slow-paced thriller mysteries. *sigh*

    I personally thought Paul Dano (the actor who played Alex, the boy Hugh Jackman’s character, Keller, kidnapped) was very good, and Melissa Leo (the actress who played Alex’s “aunt”, Holly), was a brilliant actress. They were the stars of the film, in my opinion.

    Oh, and I have to shout out Brad James, who plays ‘Todd’ on “For Better or Worse”, which is my favorite sitcom right now. He was in the movie! (He played one of the cops.)

  • Yes, I’m That Leah

    I’ll get it on dvd. I don’t like Terrance Howard though.

  • Nic

    Yep, his voice is annoying even when he’s not talking crap. I’m not linging his pockets and will have to look for another project to support Ms. Davis in. I’m sure she is great and it’s not a “black” movie so I don’t feel bad about not supporting it.
    But Terrance Howard is another one of those black male actors that I will not support in any way.

  • Kelley Johnson

    This is why I am supporting it as well. All those factors are just too important to let Terrence Howard ruin it. If this movie does well, it’ll make it easier for more films with black characters that are just normal people dealing with universal issues.

  • Lady Ngo

    Its funny, i actually saw a commercial for this movie on tv a night or two ago. Terrance Howard and Viola Davis weren’t even in the commercial, not by name or by face.

  • S.

    I saw it

    The Black family was just a prop to the White family’s experience even though both girls get kidnapped

    Other than that, it was unpredictable and interesting

  • Joyous

    I have profound respect for Viola Davis, so this movie is worth seeing just because she is starring in it.

  • the alchemist

    If Terrance Howard is in it I won’t go see it. Sorry Viola.

  • janschild

    Going this weekend…I like Hugh Jackman,too.

  • MommieDearest

    I saw it, and I feel the same way about the black family’s role. However I thought they did a good job and I liked the subtleties they threw in.

    I would also say that the movie was disturbing. It’s going to take me a while to get it out of my head. However I’m still glad I saw it and would recommend it.

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