The Guilty: Movie Review

"The Guilty" reminded us of films such as "127 Hours" or "Buried" - films that mostly featured one actor from start to finish. We've been huge fans of this style and "The Guilty" didn't disappoint us. Coupled with a gripping story, tight cinematography, and stupendously great acting from Jake Gyllenhaal, we were really surprised with how this whole experience turned out.
LAPD officer Joe Baylor (Jake Gyllenhaal) is about to blow up. With a court hearing the next day and currently working the night shift at a 911 call center, he is overwhelmed with stress. Having a particularly bad night, it doesn't help that he suddenly receives a call from a distressed woman who sounds like she is being kidnapped by her partner. Can Joe find a way to track them and stop the kidnapping before its too late?
From the get-go, "The Guilty" doesn't really relent from its breakneck pace and we loved it. Because this film was simply stressful, gripping, and undeniably alluring. This was in a literal sense a film that just kept us engaged. Central to this was Jake Gyllenhaal who didn't disappoint as the fractured, unstable, and distressed Joe Baylor. His performance was scary in a sense that it really came off as authentic and each scream, grimace, and emotion that Gyllenhaal showed was just enthralling. You'll be watching him for almost 90 minutes non-stop and we actually had no qualms about that. Additionally, we also loved the film's cinematography which was right on top of the action which multiplied the already tense-filled experience. Finally, the writing was good but admittedly not that great. More so that the film really turned out to be quite predictable in the middle of it. Overall, "The Guilty" mostly hits all of the right notes. It's one filled with tension and will tickle your sense in the right places.
Rating: 4 reels

Why you should watch it:
- gripping and tense-filled from start to finish

Why you shouldn't watch it:
- the story couldn't keep up with the awesome acting and direction
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