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The Guilty

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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.

 

5 thoughts on “The Guilty

    1. Unfortunately, Mads wasn’t part of the cast, but that’s ok 😛 I have two new movies coming with him 🙂 One for Christmas, and one for my bday (he is so considerate, hehehe)

      I totally recommend The Guilty, if you can find it. It is a excellent thriller. Chéri and my bestfriend also enjoyed it a lot, so it is not just that I am biased because of my love for DK!

      Let me know if you see it 🙂 xx

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    1. What is Warrior? A series, or a movie? I’ll look it up for sure 🙂

      I hope you’ll like The Guilty, it is one of my favorite Danish movies so far, right up with Jagten (The Hunt). Have you seen it? If not, put it on your list too, it is brilliant!

      Back to The Guilty, let me know what you thought when you’ve seen it 🙂 I was impressed at how much I understood without reading all the subtitles. And I know I am a bit annoying when I watch a movie in Danish, because I keep repeating bits and pieces of the dialogue when I catch a phrasing I understand LOL But you won’t have to deal with that. I also poked Chéri in the ribs when they mentionned Den blå planet… LOL Because we visited it the last time I went to Copenhagen…

      Can you ask the Viking for a little favor, please? I don’t understand what the main character says in Danish when he answers the phone. The equivalent of ”Emergency services”.

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      1. The VIking says it’s Alarm Centralen (Alarm Centre). 🙂 We loved The Hunt – a brilliant but brutal movie.

        Here is a link to Warrior on Netflix:
        https://www.netflix.com/search?q=warrior&jbv=80193978&jbp=0&jbr=0

        I know what you mean about understanding snippets of Danish conversations. Nielsy talks to his brother often on FaceTime and I catch some of what they’re talking about. Someday maybe I’ll learn to speak Danish and then there won’t be any covert messages between them. 😉

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