The Guilty 2021 Plot and Movie Review

Jake Gyllenhaal starrer The Guilty 2021 released on the 1st of October on Netflix, Is the Antoine Fuqua directorial worth a watch ?


Antoine Fuqua and Jake Gyllenhaal come together for the second time for the film The Guilty. A remake of a Danish film also named of the same name. With this film, Jake Gyllenhaal and Antoine Fuqua reunite after the success of their boxing film Southpaw. Jake Gyllenhaal and Antoine Fuqua have co-produced the film with other producers. Netflix released the film on the 1st of October

The Guilty 2021 Plot

Officer Joe Baylor is assigned for night duty in the 911 Emergency in the LAPD [Los Angeles Police Department]. He is awaiting judgment for his involvement in killing a 19-year-old man. During an emergency call, he comes across a case of a woman named Emily who is harassed and tortured by her ex-husband Henry. While solving the crime through the emergency room, Joe remembers the tragic incident and tensed about the court hearing. Will Joe solve the case? Will Emily get justice? Was Joe guilty? All these questions are answered towards the end of the film.

An imprtant scene from The Guilty 2021 shown in the trailer
A screengrab from the trailer of the film. All copyrights with Netflix. inc

The Guilty 2021 Review

The Guilty 2021 starts of quite slowly with its setup of that being an emergency room, although the audience tries to expect when will the sequences featuring the city will be shown the premise makes it clear that we are in a different kind of thriller which solely relies on the prowess of Jake Gyllenhaal. For that purpose, the story and screenplay need to be perfect. The Hollywood or the English language version has its limitations, the film meanders through some moments and feels stretched in parts. If the screenplay could have been sharper then it would have been more engaging.

Jake Gyllenhaal in Guilty 2021
Another screengrab from the trailer. All Copyrights reserved with Netflix. inc

Jake Gyllenhaal carries the film on his shoulders and is pretty much the only actor whom you will watch the whole film. With his performance he shows a myriad of emotions ranging from anger, disgust, grief, guilt, kindness, and anxiety, he brings his dedication towards the craft of acting. The Guilty is easily one of Jake Gyllenhall’s best performances placing it in the leagues of Brokeback Mountain, Zodiac, Nightcrawler, Donnie Darko, and Prisoners among others. Besides Gyllenhaal, Christina Vidal and Adrian Martinez star in the film besides Gyllenhaal. Ethan Hawke, Peter Sarsgaard, Riley Kellough make a huge impact with their voice acting. Riley Kellough does a wonderful performance in her voice role as Emily.

The technical aspects of the film are pretty good. Although the cinematography and the background score contribute to the tension-based atmosphere of the film. Editing is the area where the film needed improvement, many sequences feel stretched out despite the slick and sharp cuts. Overall the film is a must-watch with an inspired performance from Jake Gyllenhall.

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