The Guilty (2021)


“Broken people save broken people” – Sgt. Denise Wade

Number of Times Seen – 1 (1 Oct 2021)

Brief Synopsis – A 911 operator must deal with a crisis when he gets a call from a woman in distress.

My Take on it – Great idea that works for what its worth, but still fails because it loses its momentum along the way.

Jake Gyllenhaal is great in the lead role and does a wonderful job playing in this minimalist style film.

He is practically the only character in view of the camera and the rest are all just voices.

The story starts off really well and they allow us to get an idea as to who this character is as things begin to unfold.

Having a view of the character and his surroundings gives the viewer an even more in depth look in the kind of work that 911 operators deal with on a regular basis.

The film manages to keep the tension level high specially since we can only hear stress in the voices and not see what is happening on the other end of the phone calls.

Unfortunately, the story is stretched out a bit too much and even at 90 minutes, things are a bit too drawn out which hurts the impact of the second half of the story.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Because someone near director Antoine Fuqua tested positive for Covid-19 mere days before the film began shooting, he had to isolate. Faqua directed the entire film from a van with monitors rather than on the soundstage with the actors. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)

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