Angered by all the child abuse in the world, a child psychologist goes vigilante, targeting child sex offenders who escaped severe sentences.
What We Thought:
Guilt is how you handle a touchy subject and make an entertaining movie at the same time. Think of it as a female Dexter who only targets child molesters. I’m not sure if I’m familiar with any of the cast, but I enjoyed the movie quite a bit.
Over the next few years you will probably see a lot of similar movies as more and more information comes out about sex offenders, child molestation and big named people in the world of business, entertainment and politics. This movie is about a therapist who just can’t take it anymore. As she hears more stories and sees light sentences for people doing terrible things, she decides to take justice in her own hands. Literally, one person she chokes to death.
Janet Shay plays the lead character, Jessie the therapist. She’s a veteran who served in the Middle East, but then returns home to Australia to work in therapy. She at first worked with children, but when one boy tells her about his abuse she decides enough is enough. You root for her because she’s taking out the trash.
But then it throws in a twist and you have to decide what is right and what is wrong. Shay handles all sides of her character well. Again you do root for her to kill these people because they deserve it, but when one story might not have been the truth, you watch her character trying to figure out what she needs to do and if what she’s been doing is right. I thought Shay was good in the role.
Guilt is one of those movies that will go under the radar especially in the US. It’s not mainstream enough and people will write it off as trying to cash in on the times or wanting to push a message. I feel neither of those are true and if you watch the film you should feel like me that it’s just a movie with a certain subject matter used properly as a strong narrative. I liked it.
Directed By: Karl Jenner, Lyndsay Sarah
Written By: Lyndsay Sarah, Janet Shay
Produced By: Karl Jenner, Lyndsay Sarah
Starring: Janet Shay, Hayley Flowers, Sandra Stockley
Distributor: GVN Releasing, AEC/Distribution Solutions
Production Company: Cobalt Media, Digital Realm and Rogue Entertainment
Runtime: 102 Minutes