Probably this is one of the darkest movies I've ever seen since Mystic River.
The story is excellent it keeps you on the edge of your seat waiting and waiting nervously the end of a story that when you think you know how it goes, changes...
The fact that the film is located in Pensylvannia, in a place where it is always raining or snowing in the forest makes it better, because we're used to locate this movies in other places like big cities or if it is on a place like this to make it scary. But I think that the main goal with using this location was to be more dark and intrigating.
The struggle of a family and what would they do to save their children is perfectly shown. From being violent to try and distance yourself from the tragedy.
It also shows what happens when police does not have enough resources to achieve their goal. I think all parents are going to feel identificated with the characters, and people who are not parents are going to think what would their parents do for them.
Finally it must be said that the performances made by H.Jackman and J.Gyllenhaal were amazing. Also, the ending was different from what we've seen in Hollywood, normally, as Clint Eastwood did in Mystic River.
This is one of the best movies of the year, not just because of the story, that catches your attention from the first minute, but for the portrayal of feelings, violence and intrigue.