Villeneuve made his Hollywood debut with this harrowing and utterly engrossing thriller. Two young girls are abducted in the fictitious Pennsylvania city of Conyers; when a detective (Jake Gyllenhaal) arrests and then releases the lone suspect (Paul Dano), the father of one of the girls (Hugh Jackman) seeks to find out the truth regarding his daughter’s disappearance by any means necessary. A mesmerizing, pitch-black tale of grief and desperation, Prisoners announced Villeneuve as an artist who could wield the apparatus of big-budget moviemaking without compromising the atmosphere and thematic darkness of his work.