Prisoners (2013)

Starring: Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano, Melissa Leo, Maria Bello, Terrence Howard, Viola Davis Directed by: Denis Villeneuve R. 146 mins As relentlessly depressing as it is intensely engaging, Prisoners gives the audience much to ponder – though some of these ideas can’t survive the 153 minute long journey as it loses credibility while…

End of Watch (2012)

Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Peña, Anna Kendrick, America Ferrera, David Harbour Directed by: David Ayer R. 109 mins An honest character-driven drama that breathes new life into a worn-out premise. David Ayer (writer of Training Day) brings audiences into the battlefield of two police officer’s struggles to fight crime in the dark underbelly of the…

Source Code (2011)

Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farminga, Jeffrey Wright, Michael Arden, Russell Peters Directed by: Duncan Jones PG-13. 87 mins An intriguing premise is undone by gaps in logic and dull plotting which serve as the undoing of this mildly thrilling sci-fi. Duncan Jones (Moon) directs the story of soldier Captain Colter Stevens (Jake Gyllenhaal),…

Love and Other Drugs (2010)

Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Anne Hathaway, Oliver Platt, Josh Gad, Hank Azaria, Gabriel Macht, Judy Greer Directed by: Edward Zwick R. 112 mins A mature rom-com that, despite sexy leads delivering both laughter and drama, is severely lacking narrative focus. Jake Gyllenhaal plays Jamie, the charming, yet oversexed pharmaceutical salesman who never wanted to commit until…

Brothers (2009)

Starring: Tobey Maguire, Jake Gyllenhaal, Natalie Portman Directed by: Jim Sheridan R. 110 mins Sincere but riddled with cliches, Brothers has the intention of being profoundly meaningful but falls into absurd melodrama throughout. Adapted from Susanne Bier’s 2004 film, Sheridan’s take focuses on Captain Sam Cahill (Tobey Maguire), who must return to Afghanistan for another…

Jarhead (2005)

Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Jamie Foxx, Peter Sarsgaard, Lucas Black, Brian Geraghty, Chris Cooper, Jacob Vargas, Laz Alonso Directed by: Sam Mendes R. 122 mins A strong film with great performances – this first-person account of the first Gulf War has more brains than blood. Directed by Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Road to Perdition), the film…

Donnie Darko (2001)

Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone, Patrick Swayze, Beth Grant, Drew Barrymore, Noah Wyle, Katharine Ross, Holmes Osborne, Mary McDonnell, Maggie Gyllenhaal, James Duval Directed by: Richard Kelly R. 113mins. Too ambitious for its own good, Donnie Darko still succeeds on a visually entertaining level and as an intellectual treat. Part teen angst dramedy, part science…