I don’t usually post movie reviews, but The Guilty is definately worth a shout out.
I had seen it a couples of weeks ago, while on a short trip abroad, and it is now presented in Montreal, so I got tickets for a second try. Even if I knew the story, it kept me on the edge of my seat again, so I thought I’d give it a little exposure.
The Guilty is, you might have guessed it, a Danish movie. In my opinion, Danes are masters at making the most out of very little. The short (1h25) thriller lies mainly on the shoulders of (the brilliant) Jakob Cedergren. The action takes place in the calling center of Copenhagen’s emergency services.
Asger Holm (Jakob Cedergren), a policeman temporarely assigned to emergency dispatch, receives a call from a woman claiming she has been kidnapped. Asger uses his contacts to rescue Iben, based on the scarse informations he can get over the phone.
I wish I could tell you more about the story, but anything I could say would spoil the pleasure of watching The Guilty. The whole film is staged in the emergency dispatch center, in real time. Having worked as an emergency dispatcher myself, I can tell how the movie gives a realistic feeling of the helplessness of relying on what people tell you (or don’t) and figure out what is going at the other end of the line.
If you are a Die Hard fan, forget about The Guilty. There is no gun shooting, or bomb blowing out. But if you enjoy a clever story delivered by a stunning actor… Check it out, and let me know what you thought about it.