Prisoners ★★★½

(7/8 is "Very Good")
Perfectly constructed and very tense. What a great cast too - Jackman and Gyllenhaal in top form, and always good to see Melissa Leo.

Most other films I would place in this class have some uniqueness or oddity to them that tends to elevate them for me... but I can't think of anything here. There's nothing I haven't seen before, it's just meticulously made. It's kind of a Spielberg quality, though obviously lacking the trademark "magic" feeling. Perhaps its a trademark "focus"?

EDIT: Actually, the more I think about it - the more contrivances begin to appear in my mind. The focus of the film hid them away - but there are many convenient circumstances in this film. I'm taking off half a star.