The Guilty (2020)

  • Special Presentations, Crime, Drama, Thriller
  • 1h 30m
  • United States of America

Versatile action auteur Antoine Fuqua (Training Day, screening at the Festival as part of TIFF Rewind) reunites with his Southpaw star Jake Gyllenhaal in this riveting film about an emergency responder’s desperate race to save a distressed caller. Unfolding in real time within the confines of a frenetic 911 dispatch centre, Fuqua’s The Guilty delivers on its high-concept premise, channelled through another powerhouse performance from Gyllenhaal.

As a wildfire rages towards Los Angeles, embittered police officer Joe Bayler (Gyllenhaal) winds down a chaotic but tedious shift answering emergency calls — a punitive demotion he received ahead of an imminent disciplinary hearing. His ennui is soon interrupted by a cryptic call from a woman (Riley Keough) who appears to be attempting to call her child, but is in fact discreetly reporting her own abduction. Working with the meagre clues she is able to provide, Joe throws all his skill and intuition towards ensuring her safety, but as the severity of the crime comes to light, Joe’s own psychological state begins to fray and he is forced to reconcile with demons of his own.

Every tense moment plays out on Gyllenhaal’s face, as he spars with a dynamic ensemble of voices in his headset, including those of Ethan Hawke, Peter Sarsgaard, and Paul Dano. Building off a script from True Detective creator-writer Nic Pizzolatto, Fuqua and cinematographer Maz Makhani crosscut the white-knuckle drama with a montage of monitors broadcasting the apocalyptic inferno outside; a surreal, but all too familiar reflection of our mad world.

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Director

Antoine Fuqua

Cinematographer

Maz Makhani

Author of Original Work

Gustav Möller

Author of Original Work

Emil Nygaard Albertsen

Executive Producer

Annie Marter

Executive Producer

Christian Mercuri

Executive Producer

Jonathan Oakes

Executive Producer

Justin Bursch

Executive Producer

Gustav Möller

Executive Producer

Lina Flint

Executive Producer

Nic Pizzolatto

Executive Producer

Eric Greenfeld

Producer

Jake Gyllenhaal

Producer

Riva Marker

Producer

David Litvak

Producer

David Haring

Producer

Michel Litvak

Producer

Svetlana Metkina

Producer

Antoine Fuqua

Producer

Scott Greenberg

Producer

Kat Samick

Production Company

Bold Films

Production Company

Amet Entertainment

Production Company

Fuqua Films

Production Company

Nine Stories Productions

Production Designer

Peter Wenham

Screenwriter

Nic Pizzolatto

Sound

Ed Novick

Primary External Publicist

Netflix

Composer of Original Score

Marcelo Zarvos

US Sales Agent

Endeavor Content

US Distributor

Netflix

Language

English

Captions

English

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