THE GUILTY – “A stripped down, bare knuckle serving of suspense”
Antoine Fuqua (Training Day – 2001)
- Jake Gyllenhaal as Joe Baylor
- Christina Vidal as Sergeant Denise Wade
- Adrian Martinez as Manny
- Ethan Hawke as Sergeant Bill Miller
- Riley Keough as Emily Lighton
- Eli Goree as Rick
- Paul Dano as Matthew Fontenot
- Peter Sarsgaard as Henry Fisher
Is a remake of the 2018 Danish film of the same name
A troubled police detective demoted to 911 operator duty scrambles to save a distressed caller during a harrowing day of revelations -- and reckonings.
A stripped down, bare knuckle serving of suspense, The Guilty does wonders with its minimalist approach. Here’s the thing though - this movie will not be for everyone. While there is plenty of intrigue and genuine thrills to be had, just know that all the action takes place off-screen. Locked in on one man in a race against time, this is the “Jake Gyllenhaal on a phone” show. Luckily, the seasoned actor has zero issues commanding the screen, as each stress-induced closeup is more attention grabbing than the last. He’s angry, he’s anxious, he’s sweaty, and, well, he’s never boring. There’s also something to be said for all the “voices” that come through, as everyone from Peter Sarsgaard to Ethan Hawke provide vital supporting vocal performances. Riley Keough is especially impressive as the voice of one heck of a tormented soul. The story is equally effective, as the taut thriller throws more than a few heartfelt twists at us along the way. The lessons around forgiveness and acceptance land hard as well, and thanks to a franticly brisk pace, the 90-minute runtime flies right by. Trust me, The Guilty is one call worth taking!