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The Guilty (2021)

Director:
Antoine Fuqua

COUNTRY
USA

Genre
Drama/Thriller

NORWEGIAN TITLE
The Guilty

RUNNING TIME
90 minutes

Producer:
Jake Gyllenhaal
Riva Marker
David Litvak
Gary Michael Walters
David Haring
Michel Litvak
Svetlana Metkina
Antoine Fuqua
Scott Greenberg
Kat Samick

Screenwriter (based on the Danish film from 2018):
Nic Pizzolatto


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Joe Baylor Jake Gyllenhaal
Emily Lighton (voice) Riley Keough -
Henry Fisher (voice) Peter Sarsgaard -
Rick (voice) Eli Goree -
Sergeant Bill Miller (voice) Ethan Hawke -
CHP Dispatcher Da'Vine Joy Randolph -
Matthew Fontenot Paul Dano -

 

Review

This remake of the 2018 film Den skyldige by Danish filmmaker Gustav Möller is well-acted by star Jake Gyllenhaal, who does well to create tension and depth with the camera pinned on him for 90 minutes. But although the story is clever and potentially explosive, the picture has clearly been run through the Hollywood grinder to remove every nuance deemed to be in excess. The result is a film that holds up with suspense and verisimilitude for half its running time before slipping into familiar and predictable territory. Director Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) isn't able to cloak and uncloak the story's peculiarities and puzzles quite well enough. A number of familiar voices appear on the phone with Gyllenhaal's character. Naming them without looking at the cast list may well be the most challenging mystery-solving here.

Copyright © 05.10.2021 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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