Joe Bayler, a disgraced cop facing charges of violence against a youngster, is played by Jake Gyllenhaal. Until then, he’s working as a 911 dispatch operator, a job he doesn’t enjoy since he lacks the patience and empathy required. All of that changes the night before his court date, when he receives a call from Emily (Riley Keough), a perplexed woman who looks to be being kidnapped by her partner, leaving her young daughter and baby son alone at home. Recognizing that he must move fast to save a life and safeguard two small children, Joe becomes increasingly agitated as he works through the night to solve the case – a case that, as is always the case with this brazen detective, is complicated.
“The Guilty” may be the best film of recent years with no chance of being rewatched. Once you’re aware of all the plot twists and turns that drive the story, it can’t help but feel mechanical, with each plot development feeling like a new gut punch that loses its effect the second you figure out where it’s heading. This is largely due to the film’s conceit; because to the constrained environment, there are few subtleties to pick up on in subsequent viewings, and there are absolutely no directorial flourishes that will entice you to return. IMDB