Criminal is a crime thriller that thrives on its single-location premise. The story follows a demoted police officer who is assigned to the call dispatch desk. However, everything seems to be exposed when he receives an emergency call from a kidnapped woman. The original Danish 2018 film is directed by Gustav Möller and the 2021 American remake is directed by Antoine Fuqua. Here are the similarities and differences between the originals Criminal and the Netflix remake starring Jake Gyllenhaal.
[Spoiler alert: This article contains spoilers from The Guilty.]
‘The Guilty’ retains its original story and dialogue
The biggest similarities between the two iterations are the original story and dialogue. Criminal Follows the same general story of a demoted police officer, named Asghar in the original and Joe in the remake. Both characters are on edge and get agitated easily. There is panic about the case going on in the court the next day. All the emergency calls that make it to the main character’s desk are almost identical, the logic for the calls being the same.
Most of the dialogue is similar between the two versions. There are a few twists here and there, but the bulk of the dialogue has been ported directly from the original to the remake.
The setting has an additional background in the remake.
netflix Criminal Repetition has a more active setting. The film is set in Los Angeles, so it makes sense that it would be a busy location with more people in the background. Both versions have the same central co-workers with whom the lead interacts, but the office environment is decidedly more lively in the remake.
The 2021 installment adds the California wildfires as a backdrop. The original never leaves the call center, but the remake includes short clips that exit the building. This is used as a reason why emergency service resources are diluted during hijackings. As a result, one who takes matters into his own hands and involves other people in the matter.
Jake Gyllenhaal’s ‘The Guilty’ is facing additional struggles
2018 shifts its focus to the original emergency call and the upcoming court hearing. However, the 2021 remake adds more dilemmas. Joe has an inhaler and there are clear signs of health problems ahead. The stress of the job only makes his cough worse.
The Netflix remake adds a wife and child to the equation. Joe and his wife are separated, but he still tries to reconnect with her. Additionally, he wants to be in communication with his child, whose picture is on the lock screen of his phone.
Jacob Cedergren and Jake Gyllenhaal give very different performances
Jacob Cedergren’s Asghar and Gyllenhaal’s Joe are different. Cedergren interprets Asghar as a serious, cold person with a tendency to snap. He gives a perfect performance with his own eyes that tells the audience how the character is feeling.
Meanwhile, Gyllenhaal’s performance is much more outspoken. He is constantly angry and his anger grows bigger. Even when the dialogue between the two iterations is similar, Gyllenhaal sees the material in a way that is overblown.
Cedergren’s performance is more subtle and calculative, while Gyllenhaal is more explosive.
‘The Guilty’ remake adds a layer of perception to callers about police
Möller’s . characters of Criminal Not everyone necessarily supports the police. One of the emergency callers just hangs up on Asghar, calling the police “useless”. However, Mathilde, the kidnapped woman’s daughter, believes that the police is the hero.
fuqua’s Criminal Creates a strong element of mistrust in the police. The same young girl is named Abby in the remake, but she doesn’t recognize the police as the hero. When Jo says law enforcement officers are the protectors, she trusts police officers very little. He had previously arrested his father and he has a general distrust in law enforcement.
‘The Guilty’ remake has a different ending
Finally, the two versions of Criminal Finish in a completely different way. Moller’s original ending ends with Asghar talking about the kidnapped woman jumping off the bridge, “Because I could.” His colleagues acknowledge his guilt and startle him as he leaves the office.
fuqua’s Criminal The remake ends with Joe confessing to the same crime. However, he does not ask the entire office to listen. Instead, he goes to the bathroom and gets sick before calling his partner and friend, who agreed to lie in court to protect him. Which tells him to accept the truth in court and he is ready to face jail time for doing the right thing. He calls the news reporter back to make a statement.
Perhaps the biggest change is that the child who was initially thought dead is actually still alive in the remake. At the core of 2018 is the much more serious and violent scene that the police follow. There was no chance of saving this child.
The American remake offers more of Hollywood, ending with a redemption for the main character.
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