starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Ethan Hawke, Riley Keough, Peter Sarsgaard
screenplay by Nic Pizzolatto, based on the original screenplay by Gustav Möller & Emil Nygaard Albertsen
directed by Antoine Fuqua
by Walter Chaw Landing midway between Pontypool and Talk Radio, Antoine Fuqua's The Guilty finds disgraced cop Joe (Jake Gyllenhaal) bumped down to 9-1-1 operator as he awaits trial for something the press is eager to his side of the story of. He's falling apart, though; this much we can tell by the way his superiors in the call station keep him on a short--very short--leash, and by the way he looks at himself in the bathroom mirror like an animal injured and cornered. He calls his estranged wife and begs her to let him say goodnight to his daughter. She begs him to leave her alone. He can't seem to catch a break. But he gets a call from Emily (voiced by Riley Keough), who's been abducted by her ex-husband, Henry (Peter Sarsgaard). They're travelling east on the 10--Joe figures that out because she sees a forest fire raging out the driver's-side windows. Joe figures out a lot of things while, on a bank of screens in front of him, an apocalypse plays out. It's a vision of hell. Our hell--we made it. It's ours. Emily gives Joe one last chance to do a good thing before he vanishes, so he's going to do it, whether or not it's too late. It's been too late for a long time.