The Guilty (Den skyldige) (2018)

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Critic Consensus: Sleek, well-acted, and intelligently crafted, The Guilty is a high-concept thriller that wrings maximum impact out of a handful of basic - and effective - ingredients.

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When police officer Asger Holm (Jakob Cedergren) is demoted to desk work, he expects a sleepy beat as an emergency dispatcher. That all changes when he answers a panicked phone call from a kidnapped woman who then disconnects abruptly. Asger, confined to the police station, is forced to use others as his eyes and ears as the severity of the crime slowly becomes more clear. The search to find the missing woman and her assailant will take every bit of his intuition and skill, as a ticking clock and his own personal demons conspire against him. This innovative and unrelenting Danish thriller uses a single location to great effect, ratcheting up the tension as twists pile up and secrets are revealed. Director Gustav Möller expertly frames the increasingly messy proceedings against the clean Scandinavian sterility of the police department, while Cedergren's strong performance anchors the film and places the audience squarely in Holm's tragically flawed yet well-intentioned mindspace.

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"The Guilty" is smartly constructed and tautened with regular twists, but, if it were merely clever, it wouldn't test your nerves as it does.

October 22, 2018 | Full Review…

Set in an enclosed room with essentially one actor, and made up entirely of phone conversations, the film employs a full toolbox of cinematic techniques to fashion a complex character study.

October 19, 2018 | Full Review…

Piecing together what is really going on is almost as satisfying as figuring out the clues of a first-rate detective story.

October 19, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

A cinematic study in tension, sound design, and how to make a thrilling movie with a limited tool box.

October 19, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

If the setting of "The Guilty" couldn't be simpler, its immaculate execution by first-time director Gustav Möller couldn't be more gripping and involving.

October 18, 2018 | Full Review…

Clever sound design helps sculpt the clockwork narrative. The best stories are the ones that unfold in your mind.

October 18, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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At times its a little predictable but the movie is still compelling thanks to a terrific central performance. So glad one of these kinds of movies realizes that the second you leave the confined setting, the story is over.

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