The Guilty (2021 film)
The Guilty, a 2021 American crime thriller film based on a screenplay by Nic Pizzolatto. Jake Gyllenhaal and Christina Vidal star in the remake of the 2018 Danish film of the same name, which also features Ethan Hawke, Riley Keough, Eli Goree, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Paul Dano, and Peter Sarsgaard. Antoine Fuqua directed and produced
On September 11, 2021, The Guilty made its global premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. On September 24, 2021, limited distribution of the film was launched, followed by a digital release on Netflix on October 1.
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Officer Joe Baylor of the Los Angeles Police Department is working the night shift at a 911 call center that is flooded with calls about a huge blaze in the Hollywood Hills. Joe is awaiting trial for an unspecified incident that occurred on shift eight months ago, but he intends to return to active duty the next day after a court hearing. While fielding emergency calls, Joe is harried by a LA Times reporter who wants a remark on the trial the next day.
Joe receives a call from Emily Lighton, a young woman who is unable to communicate freely, but Joe deduces that she has been kidnapped and is in the car with her kidnapper. He discovers that they are being kidnapped in a white van on the freeway, but the abductor notices and Emily hangs off before she can give him any more information. Joe informs CHP, but they are unable to find the van with such limited information.
Joe dials Emily’s home phone line and speaks with Abby, Emily’s little daughter, who informs him that Emily has been kidnapped by her ex-husband Henry Fisher. He obtains Henry’s phone number from Abby and uses it to obtain the van’s license plate number. He demands that the CHP send a patrol car to check on Abby and her newborn brother Oliver, as well as a search of Henry’s apartment, but both requests are denied owing to a lack of a warrant.
Joe phones his off-duty ex-partner Rick and asks him to check on Henry’s house. Rick is scheduled to testify in Joe’s trial tomorrow, and he is concerned that things may not go his way. Rick enters Henry’s flat and discovers a stack of letters and paperwork; Joe instructs him to begin looking for any information that would assist them to figure out where Henry is going. Joe also calls his estranged wife, requesting to talk with their daughter, but she is asleep, and his wife tells him to hang up.
Joe gets a call from Abby, telling her to answer the door for two LAPD officers who are completing a health check. Abby is covered in blood, and her brother Oliver — who she claimed was “sleeping” – is seriously hurt, according to the cops. Joe then phones Emily back and persuades her to use the handbrake, which she does, but the van does not crash. Later, in the back of the van, he asks Emily how Oliver is, and she discloses that she thought Oliver had “snakes in his gut,” which she “pulled out.” Henry pulls over and tries to get Emily out of the back, but she throws a brick at him and flees.
Rick then phones Joe back and informs him that he discovered paperwork at Henry’s home relating to a psychiatric clinic in San Bernadino where Emily was a patient. Joe phones Henry and informs him that he is returning Emily to the facility; she has been without her medications for weeks due to a lack of funds. When Joe wonders why he didn’t contact the cops when Emily assaulted Oliver, Henry answers that he has lost faith in the system because no one was willing to aid them previously. Joe inquires about Emily’s whereabouts, but Henry has no idea.
Emily phones Joe from an overpass and says she’s about to leap to her death after realizing what she’s done. As he tries to persuade her down from the ledge, Joe sends CHP to her location. Joe reveals that he killed a man while on active duty in an attempt to distract her; when Emily asks why he replies he doesn’t know. He confirms when she asks if it was “snakes.” Joe assures Emily that her family still loves her; Emily hangs up and says she’s “going to be with Oliver.” Joe believes she has jumped to her death, but CHP phones to tell her she has safely returned. He also discovers that Oliver is still alive and well in the hospital.
Joe calls Rick back and tells him that if he tells the truth on the witness stand, he would be sentenced to prison. Joe also phones the LA Times and tells the reporter that at his impending trial, he intends to plead guilty to manslaughter.
The Guilty Film Cast
- Jake Gyllenhaal as Joe Baylor
- Christina Vidal as Sergeant Denise Wade
- Adrian Martinez as Manny
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- Directed by Antoine Fuqua
- Screenplay by Nic Pizzolatto
- Based on
by Gustav Möller
Emil Nygaard Albertsen
- Produced by
Gary Michael Walters
Christina Vidal Mitchell
Da’Vine Joy Randolph
- Cinematography Maz Makhani
- Edited by Jason Ballantine
- Music by Marcelo Zarvos
- Production companies
Nine Stories Productions
- Distributed by Netflix
- Release date
September 11, 2021 (TIFF)
September 24, 2021 (United States)
- Running time 90 minutes
- Country United States
- Language English