Movie review: THE GUILTY (2021): A decent remake features an excellent performance by Jake Gyllenhaal



Guilty criticism

The Guilty (2021) Movie Review, a movie realized by Antoine Fuqua and featuring Jacques Gyllenhaal, Riley Keough, rock Sarsgaard, Christine Vidal, Eli Goree, Ethan Hawke, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Christiane Montoya, David Castaneda, Adrien Martinez, Oscar Balderrama, Becky Wu, Bret Eric Carry, Mauritius Webster, Beautiful Knapp, Edi Patterson, Paul Dano and Gillian Zinser.

Director Antoine Fuqua successfully remade a highly acclaimed 2018 Danish film titled the guilty. Jake Gyllenhaal is teaming up with Fuqua again for a superb collaboration in terms of acting and directing. Gyllenhaal previously starred in the 2015 Jewel of Fuqua left-handed and, even then, it was clear that Fuqua can bring out the best in Gyllenhaal. What’s interesting about the new image is how the movie maintains interest even though you’ve seen the original movie it’s based on. While there are certainly flaws in the new movie, it is still a fast-paced solo show that will keep you on the edge of your seat throughout. Fuqua directed Denzel Washington to an Oscar in the 2001 film Training day. It could lead Gyllenhaal to a Best Actor nod for his compelling role in the guilty.


When you meet Joe Baylor (Gyllenhaal), he has a bad attitude. He’s an asthmatic dispatcher in Los Angeles who answers 911 calls as if he thinks some of the incoming calls are slightly less than urgent. Until he receives a call, he may never wish to answer. Emily (voiced by Riley Keough) appears to have been kidnapped as she gives Joe information about her whereabouts in “yes” or “no” answers. Joe asks her questions and begins to understand not only that the woman is in serious trouble, but that her young daughter is too. Joe begins to feel the need to help them and sets off to find the car she apparently drives in, a white van.

Joe has a background story. He has a child himself and was a former officer before being demoted to dispatcher. There is a story parallel to the main events of the film in which something Joe did in his past will soon be brought to light and he will be judged accordingly.

The main action of the image, however, centers on Joe seeking help for the endangered woman and her children (she also has a baby boy). It looks like the man Emily is involved with has some serious issues at first. When Joe sends outsiders looking for information and help to remedy the situation, it slowly becomes apparent that there is more going on than what seemed to be happening on the surface.

Gyllenhaal draws the viewer’s attention from the word “go”. His troubled character remains noble despite his flaws due to his intentions to help Emily. Joe feels a bit personally responsible for her safety and, perhaps, if he can save her, her and her family, he can find redemption for the issues he faces in his personal life.

Director Antoine Fuqua maintains the pace and momentum throughout the film. He gets some of Gyllenhaal’s best work of which the trick is among his fiercest and most furious performances to date. Joe is a well layered character with a sense of urgency that only he can truly understand, as it is within himself that he feels the need to go beyond his job description to attempt his personal salvation in helping this family.

There are some minor problematic aspects in the guilty. The original film still slightly outperforms the new film not in terms of actor but in terms of plot development. In the new remake, the plot sometimes seems too disturbing for the tone set by the film. Without giving too much away, the reveals from the original film come as a shock and while this one retains more or less the same reveals, I felt the tone of the new film set it up to take a different direction than it did. that he takes. But, staying true to its source for the most part, the film succeeds.

I felt Gyllenhaal played his part as nicer than the character in the original. This is why the public is rooting for him despite his character shortcomings. The character in the original image always felt like an average Joe and Gyllenhaal feels like a movie hero here. That said, I couldn’t imagine changing the ending to fit the characterization, but Gyllenhaal really puts a lot of heart into his work. Riley Keough’s vocal work is also moving and makes us want to see her character get the help she needs at least in the early stages of the film. Revelations are being unveiled that will change our outlook on the characters throughout.

Despite its small flaws, the guilty is a powerful movie. If you haven’t seen the original (or even seen it), you may just find yourself searching for a faulty character to find the salvation that will set them free. Fuqua’s film is a winner.

Evaluation: 7/ten

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