For a director with such a consistent style and tone, Denis Villeneuve has been very hit or miss for me. Prisoners, fortunately, is a surefire hit. Incredibly introspective and viscerally realistic, it is an intricate and utterly jarring dramatic crime thriller exploring themes of family, obsession, and religion, using the viewer's innate feelings of uncertainty and fear to truly terrify. Hugh Jackman carries the film, but his performance is occasionally - like the ending of the film - comically over the top, and it's Jake Gyllenhaal and Paul Dano who truly steal the show whenever they appear on screen. The real mvp here is the cinematography, I mean goddamn! Sir Roger Deakins deserves that knighthood and then some.