The Guilty

Director: Antoine Fuqua
Year Released: 2021
Rating: 1.5

With the entire state of California apparently on fire (which isn't uncommon), high strung police officer Joe Baylor (Jake Gyllenhaal) is stuck working in the 9-1-1 Dispatch Center when he gets a call from a woman named Emily Lighton (Riley Keough), who reports that she's being kidnapped and Joe has to scramble to figure out the license plate of the vehicle she's in as well as other pertinent details about her situation.  It's a remake of a 2018 Danish movie (with the same title), and while I have not seen that, this version is overheated and artificial: Jake's in a state of constant agitation (taking deep pulls off his asthma inhaler) and plausibility is an issue, as I couldn't shake the feeling that it was all a big hoax ... but no, reaching a "crisis point" he just feels the need to confess to killing a nineteen-year-old (for reasons it never explores).  I realize she does not need the money, but if she did Keough could make bank doing ASMR videos which I understand are in high demand....