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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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It turns its cramped, claustrophobic confines not only into a virtue, but its biggest white-knuckle strength.

October 16, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

It has something to offer even those viewers who are sick of stories about dirty cops in need of redemption.

October 16, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Möller makes a whole lot out of very little: a whole lot of dramatic forcefulness out of the most simple and basic of elements, a solitary man struggling to do the right thing.

October 16, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

This polished, well-calibrated thriller is a best-in-class showcase of the possibilities of cinema even with the most limited of resources.

June 28, 2018 | Full Review…

Möller squeezes every drop of tension out of the concept, and then finds ways to suck the air from your lungs again.

May 16, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Above all else, The Guilty is an acting showcase for Cedergren, whose has a considerable presence in European film and television but has yet to gain visibility in the English-language world.

January 23, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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