The Guilty

The Guilty ★★★

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A solid thriller carried by Jake Gyllenhaal and a collection of disembodied voices, Antoine Fuqua's "The Guilty" finds its protagonist working to save a woman in distress as his own life and career are in the process of falling to pieces. The woman may offer Gyllenhaal's demoted police officer some kind of salvation; but, as Fuqua's drama ticks down, things are learned about the woman and the busted-down cop, and those things are not as they seem. A single-room drama, Fuqua is able to avoid gimmickry and use his canvas economically and effectively thanks to Gyllenhaal's high-strung performance. The film's twists and turns may not be remembered long after the credits roll, but the work engages during its runtime.

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