Before Jake Gyllenhaal's new movie, The Guilty, was even released, we were already hyped for the chance to watch 90 minutes of the Love & Other Drugs heartthrob in a tense thriller. And it seems we weren't the only ones who were excited, because a week after its release, the drama hit #1 Netflix before settling in at the #2 spot (right behind There’s Someone Inside Your House).
Based on a 2018 Danish film of the same name, The Guilty sees Gyllenhaal as Joe Baylor, a 911 operator who is working the night shift when he gets a disturbing call. A woman named Emily Lighton says that she's been abducted and she's being driven away in a van. And things only get more tense from there.
When Gyllenhaal receives the call, Emily pretends to be talking to her son, before eventually revealing that she's been kidnapped and she's desperate for help. “I'm sorry I have to hang up...I'm gonna die,” she says into the line.
In the official synopsis from Netflix, they write, “The film takes place over the course of a single morning in a 911 dispatch call center. Call operator Joe Baylor (Gyllenhaal) tries to save a caller in grave danger—but he soon discovers that nothing is as it seems, and facing the truth is the only way out.”
Gyllenhaal not only starred in the movie, but he also acted as an executive producer. Direction was handled by Antoine Fuqua (Training Day), while Nic Pizzolatto (True Detective) penned the script.
Alongside the Brokeback Mountain star, the movie is stuffed with big names, including Ethan Hawke, Peter Sarsgaard, Riley Keough, Paul Dano, Byron Bowers, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, David Castaneda, Christina Vidal, Adrian Martinez, Bill Burr, Beau Knapp and Edi Patterson.
They had us at Jake Gyllenhaal. We will definitely be streaming this one.
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