TIFF Review: Antoine Fuqua’s The Guilty Hands Jake Gyllenhaal the Phone in Solid American Remake

TIFF Review: Antoine Fuqua’s The Guilty Hands Jake Gyllenhaal the Phone in Solid American Remake
Only three years ago, Danish director Gustav Möller made The Guilty, a single-room thriller focused on an operator attempting to save a kidnapped woman. Met with acclaim and making the Best International Feature Oscar shortlist, the film could easily be called a rousing success. It makes sense why Antoine Fuqua would be keen to direct a remake considering his interest in crime-related dramas, though he decided to change little within the plot. Penned by Nic Pizzolatto, the film works because the plot still remains interesting even a few years later, even if the messaging gets muddled due to a lack of clarity.

Simply put, the message could be, “Cops can’t save us.” Or, as a fellow officer tells problematic Joe Baylor (Jake Gyllenhaal) after all is said and done, “Broken people save broken people.” Neither telling the full story nor having the impact Fuqua might have hoped for, instead
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