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THE GUILTY (2021): The Things I Liked…

The Guilty, Jake Gyllenhaal, Riley Keogh, Paul Dano and Ethan Hawke’s latest crime/drama/thriller about a demoted police officer assigned to a call dispatch desk is well-acted, though not exactly perfect.

Director Antoine Fuqua’s film is intense, and I like that immediately it’s clear that Gyllenhaal’s character, Joe Baylor is far from the model police officer. I enjoyed how the intensity built up as the movie played, especially since the action takes place in two rooms. Nevertheless, at times I did find myself frustrated by the pacing. 

Another frustration is the story edit towards the end when we learn the truth of Keogh’s character. I’m not sure what could have happened differently. However, I am sure that the story edit in that moment and one or two others left me wanting. 

The most expected thing about The Guilty, besides a good performance from Gyllenhaal, is the increase in my appreciation for the work that first responders do. Especially the ones who do absolutely everything they can to help. 

I was surprised not to recognise any of the voices of the well-known actors. Specifically the ones the audience only get to meet through how they sound when they speak to Joe Baylor on the phone. I still can’t tell you which characters Paul Dano, Ethan Hawke and Peter Sarsgaard played. Is it just me?

Give The Guilty a chance if you’re curious. The story will break your heart in multiple ways, and the intense moments are a highlight, even if you end up wishing for a slightly different story edit. 

If you want a brilliantly executed story set in one place, and where you only meet the other characters through their voice over the telephone, I can’t recommend Locke (2013) enough.

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THE GUILTY (2021) New Trailer From Jake Gyllenhaal, Bill Burr, Paul Dano, Ethan Hawke…

The Guilty (2021). Jake Gyllenhaal, Netflix
The Guilty (2021). Jake Gyllenhaal, Netflix

Jake Gyllenhaal, Ethan Hawke, Bill Burr and Paul Dano are the stars of director Antoine Fuqua’s latest, The Guilty.

And action/thriller, the story follows Joe Baylor (Gyllenhaal), a demoted police officer assigned to a call dispatch desk. Baylor finds himself conflicted when he receives an emergency phone call from a kidnapped woman.

I’m pretty sure that Dano and Gyllenhaal are only ever in good movies. I sometimes say things like: ‘I didn’t know I missed (insert name of great actor) until this new trailer.’ But, I’ve been needing an intense Gyllenhaal film for a while now. And knowing that Fuqua, the director of the excellent Training Day (2001) and The Equalizer (2014) is behind this movie has me that little be more excited.

I also happen to have a special place in my heart for 911 responders. Nevertheless, I didn’t miss the part where this trailer states something along the lines of ‘there’s more to the story than meets the eye.’ I guess we’ll have to wait and see just how likeable Gyllenhaal’s character is by the end. I, for one, can’t wait to find out.

Byron Bowers, Riley Keough, Bill Burr, Peter Sarsgaard, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, David Castañeda, David Castañeda, Terence J. Rotolo, Edi Patterson, Adrian Martinez also star.

The Guilty Release Dates: September 21st, 2021 (US); October 1st, 2021 (UK)…

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SPIDER-MAN – FAR FROM HOME (2019): New Trailer From Zendaya, Tom Holland, Jake Gyllenhaal…

Spider-Man - Far From Home (2019), Jake Gyllenhaal
Spider-Man – Far From Home (2019), Jake Gyllenhaal

Starring Zendaya, Tom Holland, Jake Gyllenhaal and directed by Jon Watts, Spider-Man – Far From Home has Peter Parker and his friends in Europe on summer vacation. Then villain Mysterio shows up and disrupts everything…

Is it wrong that my favourite thing about this new trailer is seeing Jake Gyllenhaal as Quentin Beck / Mysterio? ‘Not at all’ is the correct answer, because Gyllenhaal is fantastic.

Numan Acar, J.B. Smoove, Michael Keatom, Marissa Tomei, Hemky Madera and Jacob Batalon also star.

Spider-Man – Far From Home Release Dates: July 5th, 2019 (US)…

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VELVET BUZZSAW (2019): New Trailer From Jake Gyllenhaal, John Malkovich, Toni Collette, Billy Magnussen…

Velvet Buzzsaw (2019), Jake Gyllenhaal
Velvet Buzzsaw (2019), Jake Gyllenhaal, Netflix

Dan Gilroy, the director of my favourite Jake Gyllenhaal movie Nightcrawler (2014) is back with new crime / fantasy film, Velvet Buzzsaw.

Starring Gyllenhaal, John Malkovich, Toni Collette, Billy Magnussen and set in Miami Beach, Florida, it all begins after a number of art lovers help themselves to a series of paintings by an unknown artist. Soon enough, a supernatural force begins to enact revenge to punish all those involved for their greed…

I’m in for Gyllenhaal’s performance – and who knows, maybe I’ll love what he does in this movie as much as I appreciate his great work in Nightcrawler. I’ll also keep my fingers crossed in hopes that the whole experience isn’t nightmare inducing. At time of writing, Velvet Buzzsaw isn’t categorised as horror, so there is hope.

Zawe Ashton, Natalia Dyer, Rene Russo, Daveed Diggs, Peter Gadiot and Tom Sturridge also star.

Read my spoiler free movie review of Velvet Buzzsaw.

Velvet Buzzsaw Release Dates: February 1st, 2019 (US & UK)…

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THE SISTERS BROTHERS (2018): New Trailer From Jake Gyllenhaal, Joaquin Phoenix, Riz Ahmed, Rutger Hauer, John C. Reilly…

The Sisters Brothers (2018), Joaquin Phoenix
The Sisters Brothers (2018), Joaquin Phoenix

Director Jacques Audiard’s latest film is set in 1850s Oregon and stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Joaquin Phoenix, Riz Ahmed Rutger Hauer and John C. Reilly.

The story of Audiard’s western centres around an infamous duo of assassins known as the Sisters brothers who are chasing a gold prospector…

I wasn’t very sure about this one the first time I watched the trailer. Today though, I’m into the awkwardness of of the humour and trailer edit. Funny how things change in a day. Furthermore, the cast is so very good that surely it can’t, won’t and shouldn’t be so bad.

The Sisters Brothers Release Dates: September 21st, 2018 (US)…

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WILDLIFE (2018), New Trailer From Jake Gyllenhaal, Carey Mulligan, Bill Camp, Ed Oxenbould…

Wildlife (2018), Jake Gyllenhaal
Wildlife (2018), Jake Gyllenhaal

Directed and co-written by Paul Dano, Wildlife, set in 1960s Montana is the story of  a sixteen year-old boy who witnesses his parents’ marriage falling apart after his mother finds another man.

The Excellent cast includes Jake Gyllenhaal, Carey Mulligan, Bill Camp, Ed Oxenbould…

I’m always happy to see Gyllenhaal on a cast list; so much so in fact that I was a little disappointed to not hear his voice at all in this trailer. Nevertheless, this looks pretty good and Mulligan is great.

I of course couldn’t help but think of Revolutionary Road (2008) as this trailer played. Blame the general look, feel and arguments.

Wildlife Release Dates: November 9th, 2018 (UK)…

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STRONGER (2017): New Trailer From Jake Gyllenhaal, Tatiana Maslany…

Stronger (2017), Jake Gyllenhaal
Stronger (2017), Jake Gyllenhaal

In Stonger which is based on a true story, Jake Gyllenhaal plays Jeff Bauman, a victim of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. Whilst struggling to recover from the devastating trauma, he helps the police track down the killers. Stronger is directed by David Gordon Green and also stars Tatiana Maslany, Miranda Richardson, Clancy Brown…

I want to and will watch this because Jake Gyllenhaal is super and director David Gordon Green also directed one of my favourite films, Pineapple Express (2008). I kind of don’t want to see it because a) I just saw plenty in the trailer and b) I don’t want to watch too many movies that make me cry – a lot. I’m a sensitive soul, you understand and tears can be draining.

Stronger Release Dates: September 22nd, 2017 (US)…

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OKJA (2017): New Trailer Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano, Tilda Swinton, Lily Collins…

OKJA (2017), Tilda Swinton
OKJA (2017), Tilda Swinton

Jake Gyllenhaal, Tilda Swinton, Paul Dano and Lilly Collins are the stars of Okja, a Joon-Ho Bong directed movie about a young girl’s efforts to stop a huge multi national company from kidnapping her best friend, a massive animal named Okja…

Teaser Trailer

Official Trailer

The official trailer looks great, plus Jake Gyllenhaal and Paul Dano are in this so not only am I hopeful, I can feel that it’s going to be great.

Okja Release Dates: 2017 (USA)…

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