The Guilty (Den skyldige)

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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)

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

    Feb 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.

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

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
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  • Make the right call and watch this immediately.

    Oct 26, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | 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.

    Oct 25, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Cath Clarke

    Top Critic
  • "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.

    Oct 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.

    Oct 19, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Guilty (Den skyldige)


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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