The concept of family in America and Europe has been broken down over the years. Now only live-in relationship, running from one relationship to another, illegal relationship even after marriage, all these have destroyed the family. At least that’s what it seems after watching the movie. This is not entirely true. Still have family. Parents and their children or elderly parents who live with their son or daughter. Everyone feels the sadness of being separated from family. After a divorce, the grief of being separated from your children is the worst. Caring for your children’s safety in a broken relationship goes beyond that. The show is based on the movie ‘The Guilty’ released on Netflix. Almost the entire film is shot in the same room and focuses on a single person as the film’s protagonist sympathizes with someone else’s misery and then remembers his sins. A great movie.
A remake of the 2018 Danish film ‘The Guilty’ has been released on Netflix. Japanese film director Akira Kurosawa’s films have influenced many directors. One of them was music video director Antoine Fuqua. His first film ‘The Replacement Killer’ was produced by successful producer-director John Woo. Most of Fukka’s films are crime thrillers. The film was made during the Corona period because of the film’s hero, Jake Gyllenhaal, who bought the rights to the original film. Fuka completed the entire film shoot in just 11 days and not only that, he directed the entire film sitting in a van with the help of a monitor due to Corona.
Los Angeles Police Department officer Joe Beller (Zach Gyllenhaal) is hired as a phone operator at the police department accused of murdering a 19-year-old boy. The matter went to court and Jack was forced to live apart from his wife and daughter. One night, a girl named Emily gets a call that she has been kidnapped and that the kidnapper is taking her to the highway in a van. Jack seeks the help of the highway police but without the number it is difficult to trace the car. When Jack called the girl’s house, her 6-year-old daughter told him that her mother had gone with her father. With no way to reach Emily, Jack worries about hearing his case. When the police search Emily’s house on Jack’s orders, they find Emily’s daughter and Emily’s bloody son.
Jack’s accomplices break the lock and enter Emily’s husband’s house, when they discover that Emily is a mental patient and undergoing treatment. Emily kills her son because she doesn’t have money to buy medicine and that’s why her husband takes her to the hospital. After a while, Emily called Jack again to tell him that she was going to kill herself. This time Jack discovers the location of her phone and sends the police to save her. Jack continues to talk to Emily so she doesn’t kill herself. While listening to Emily’s story, Jack tells her about his case and also admits that he killed a 19-year-old boy because he was angry and that he is a cop, so he can do anything. He then kills the boy. The highway police reached Emily and arrested her. On the other hand, the police take Emily’s son to the hospital and he survives. This whole episode has a profound effect on Jack and he agrees to confess his crime.
The original Danish film story was written by Gustav Møller and Emilie Nygaard Albertson. Gustav watched a YouTube video in which a kidnapped girl sat next to her captor and called the police. Only sound is heard in this video. Gustav created a story in his mind, knowing what someone might say based on the voice alone. The world’s most famous podcast “Serial” also inspired Gustav to create a story of solving a murder case through voice. In the English remake, the screenplay for the film is written by Nicolas Pizzolatto, whose fine writing also led to the famous web series ‘True Detective’.
The film is only 90 minutes long. It is in the same room (police call center). A total of plus 3 people appear on the screen. All the rest is just noise on the phone. 99% of the film follows Jake Gyllenhaal. Director Phuka is to be commended for his success in character creation through voice in the film. The audience and Jack are the same, everything is only known through phone calls, so Jack never becomes a superhero. He is also frustrated, angry, worried and upset. One of the best movies of Jake Gyllenhaal’s life is “The Guilty”. A kind of sadness on his face. The whole film manages to bring out the conflict that is going on in his mind. He is tired of carrying the burden of killing a 19-year-old boy and is all alone. The camera is in the hands of Maj Makhani and he keeps every frame beautiful with close ups. Despite being shot in the same room, the film does not feel cramped. The film’s editor Jason Ballantyne deserves credit for the film’s ability to engage the audience with Maze’s camera. Not a single scene is unnecessary.
What was shocking was that in revealing his affinity for Emily, engaging her in phone conversations to prevent suicide, Joe Beller tells his story of how he killed a 19-year-old boy because he was the police and they felt they were someone’s. may be encountered. How can a self-absorbed man tell his heart so easily to a kidnapped girl in this suspenseful film? The film is amazing. Just like a strong tea that will make you sleepy. Check it out. After that, the Danish original film will also be seen, that is also possible.
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First Published: October 10, 2021, 13:43 IST