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The Guilty (Den skyldige) (2018)



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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Critic Reviews for The Guilty (Den skyldige)

All Critics (115) | Top Critics (24)

This Danish potboiler is organized around a few nimbly executed plot twists, and like many similarly designed thrillers, it leaves the audience with little to think about once all the surprises have been revealed.

April 13, 2020 | Full Review…

The Guilty is a clever Danish thriller that takes full advantage of the strengths and weaknesses of modern communications.

February 25, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

"The Guilty" is a nerve-wracking exercise in tension that also manages to reveal itself in layers, leaving assumptions dashed on the floor.

January 25, 2019 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Make the right call and watch this immediately.

October 26, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The Guilty stays afloat, but it never builds to the armrest-clutching peaks of suspense that the premise promises.

October 25, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Godard said that all you need to make a film is a girl and a gun. Well, with his smart and mercilessly gripping abduction thriller, the Danish director Gustav Möller has pulled it off with a middle-aged man and a hands-free phone.

October 25, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | 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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