1. This plays into the fear that children are likely to be randomly abducted by strangers. They aren't. But I guess it is dramatically rich or something.
What difference does it make whether child abductions are in fact likely or unlikely?
It plays into that fear insomuch as we are expecting something to happen, because this is a movie and it wouldn't be a story worth telling if it didn't.
Jaws plays into the fear of unlikely things... who cares? The fact that it happens THIS TIME is what makes it a movie worth making.
You can't make a movie about all the times nothing happens in the world. I don't understand this criticism at all.
2. Various suspects all tend toward the meek and socially awkward, probably mentally handicapped and/or autistic, because they seem a fun group to broadly pigeonhole as suspicious.
Hugh Jackman is a suspect and he's not meek or socially awkward.
You really feel this movie is picking on a group? Really?... REALLY?!
Do all movies with meek and socially awkward suspects receive this level of contempt from you, or just the ones you hate?
3. Detective Loki (Gyllenhaal) is the respected and measured seeming hero cop, but doesn't apparently bother with things like warrants or wearing gloves in the middle of a crime scene. Because getting the job done totally justifies doing away with civil liberties.
Do all crime movies with renegade cops receive this level of contempt from you, or just the ones you hate?
4. He also doesn't feel that when opening a box full of snakes, it is good to close the box again. Letting all the snakes loose seems more reasonable.
I agree this is dumb.
Even though it may be plausible that he's a sloppy cop (as later he lets a suspect steal his gun from him), and that in the moment he may be more worried about finding a dismembered body in the boxes than deal with the snakes, as a scene it doesn't do anything but make the audience say "close the box you idiot".
5. There is no real bother in putting a plausible motive behind the actions, because evil.
What other motives could there be for doing what they do? Sexual? I suppose so. Either way it doesn't take much more than a sentence to explain it. What more do you want?
I thought the woman actually laid out a pretty detailed explanation for doing what she did... to the point where I was kind of like "okay, I guess I can see the internal logic there, given what she believes". It certainly wasn't just "because evil".
6. After a lot of torture on a clearly innocent individual, we have to suffer a plea about how he is a good guy just doing what was necessary to save his daughter and if it could be done over again, we shouldn't want to wish anything different. See #3 about getting the job done vis a vis civil liberties only increase it to basic human dignity.
Are you suggesting the movie endorsed what Hugh Jackman did, and tried to get the audience to endore it? Really?