On paper, Denis Villaneuve’s noir-thriller looks more than a little absurd. A Pennsylvania carpenter named Keller Dover (?), played by Hugh Jackman, has his daughter snatched up in broad daylight, so imprisons the man he suspects of the crime (Paul Dano) and tortures him until he confesses. Meanwhile, Detective Loki (?), played by Jake Gyllenhaal, is on the case as well. But, thanks to an engaging, labyrinthine plot, fantastic turns by Jackman and Gyllenhaal, a fine supporting cast (Viola Davis, Maria Bello, Terrence Howard, Melissa Leo), and some ace lensing by celebrated cinematographer Roger Deakins, Prisoners emerged as one of the best neo-noirs since Se7en, and has a fantastic ending.