THE GUILTY

NEVER PLACES YOU ON HOLD

Real Crime - - Home Invasion - Kather­ine McLaugh­lin

RE­LEASED OUT NOW CRE­ATOR GUS­TAV MÖLLER DIS­TRIB­U­TOR SIG­NA­TURE EN­TER­TAIN­MENT

This Sun­dance Award- win­ning Scandi- noir set in the of­fices of an alarm dis­patcher fol­lows a dis­cred­ited em­ployee who takes a call from a kid­napped woman. As­ger Holm ( Jakob Ced­er­gren) has been taken off his beat and placed in a call room but fails to fol­low pro­ce­dure and de­cides to take mat­ters into his own hands, with vary­ing de­grees of suc­cess.

Told en­tirely from the per­spec­tive of Holm as he sits at his desk, the viewer lis­tens in as he li­aises with emer­gency staff, the vic­tim, her child, his su­pe­ri­ors and his part­ner. The tense de­but fea­ture from Gus­tav Möller works ex­tremely well in its con­fined space to place you in Holm’s po­si­tion. It ramps up ten­sion ef­fec­tively with a con­vinc­ing per­for­mance from Jakob Ced­er­gren, a cam­era that re­lent­lessly closes in on his an­guished fa­cial ex­pres­sions, as well as emo­tion­ally en­gag­ing voice act­ing from the sup­port­ing cast.

Möller sets a brisk and fren­zied pace, as Holm at­tempts to piece to­gether who ex­actly he is try­ing to lo­cate and why they have been taken. It’s a racea­gainst- time film that drops hints, slowly re­veals clues and never lets up in its de­pic­tion of the dif­fi­cul­ties and stress of the job. It touches upon men­tal health is­sues in a sur­pris­ing way while also strik­ing a tone of iso­lated de­spair and panic.

Un­like pre­vi­ous Hol­ly­wood por­tray­als of the emer­gency dis­patch room, like Brad An­der­son’s The Call ( 2013), it keeps it­self grounded with an in­volv­ing story that rings true. It’s the kind of claus­tro­pho­bic and con­tained crime thriller where you can al­most feel the sweat drip­ping off its lead­ing man as you live through his or­deal.

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