TIFF 2021 Review: The Guilty Is an Anxiety-Ridden, Tense Thriller with a Focus on Mental Health

TIFF 2021 Review: The Guilty Is an Anxiety-Ridden, Tense Thriller with a Focus on Mental Health
Certain jobs necessitate a wide range of energy and mental fortitude. Being a 911 dispatcher, for example, is undoubtedly one of the most emotionally and mentally draining jobs. The Guilty, Antoine Fuqua's new thriller, is a remake of the 2018 Danish thriller of the same name. It depicts a day in the life of Officer Joe Baylor, a 911 dispatcher who attempts to help a kidnapped woman. The film is filled with overwhelming anxiety and tension while also sparking a discussion about mental health and the lack of help available in some cases.

Nothing could have prepared Joe Baylor (Jake Gyllenhaal) for what was to come as he began his night shift in LA's 911 dispatch call center. He not only has to deal with the stress of his job, but he also struggles in his personal life and an upcoming court case. The gradually increasing tension begins when Joe answers a 911 call from a distressed woman,
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