Check out our review of this Korean martial arts film that incorporates solid storytelling with frenetic fight choreography and engaging action that makes for an entertaining and fun viewing experience.
Studio and Year:
The Review at a Glance:
(max score: 5 )
Audio/Video total rating:
( Max score: 100 )
Well Go USA - 2013
Feature running time:
Korean DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio
English, English SDH
Yoo Gong, Jae-yun Jo, Seong-ha Jo, Hee-soon Park, Da-in Yoo
Blu-ray Disc release Date:
July 22, 2014
"He wants the truth. And he’ll start a war to get it"
Dong-chul (GONG Yoo) is the best field agent in North Korea – until he is abandoned during a mission, his wife and daughter missing. Hunted and on the run, torn between grief and vengeance, he takes a job as a night driver for the CEO of a powerful corporation. The chairman is brutally assassinated – but gives Dong-chul a pair of glasses before he dies. Now, he’s on the run again. Accused of murder, wanted for treason, and desperate to uncover the volatile national secrets hidden inside the glasses. Dong-Chul wants the truth. And he’ll start a war to get it.
tells the story of a North Korean special ops soldier Ji Dong-cheol who defects to the South after the regime change and his search for his missing daughter who was abducted after his wife was killed by operatives searching for a wanted South Korean fugitive/sympathizer who aided defectors. Posing as a driver for a North Korean defector and wealthy chairman who has been kind to him, Ji Dong-cheol is suddenly thrown into the middle of an international incident when the chairman is murdered and he is framed for crime. Now in possession of a pair of glasses handed to him by his dying boss with instructions to “bury” them Ji Dong-cheol is on the run being pursued by a North Korean special ops team lead by their spy hunting specialist who has a personal score to settle. All the while Ji Dong-cheol has one thought, finding the whereabouts of his daughter. What he doesn’t realize is that solving one case will solve the other….
I had a great time with The suspect
. I mean it’s pure popcorn entertainment from beginning to end, which is fine, but it also goes to great lengths to incorporate a tangible storyline that provides connective tissue to the plight of its hero. There is some melodrama and even a little levity sprinkled throughout and I found the character base to be quite good. There is a Jason Bourne feel to the plot in terms of the corruption/cover up/villainous behavior, the pursuing officials and most definitely the execution of the action which includes kinetic hand to hand battles and extended car chases. At well over two hours the script takes its time revealing plot points in layer peeling fashion. The pacing slows here and there but not to a distracting point.
The fight choreography and stunt work is excellent and I think that the cast as an ensemble compliment the film. I believe fans of the genre will enjoy The suspect
, I know that I did…
This film contains martial arts action/violence, language and thematic content.
AUDIO/VIDEO - By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100/EXCELLENT = 83-91/GOOD = 74-82/AVERAGE = 65-73/BELOW AVERAGE = under 65
**My audio/video ratings are based upon a comparative made against other high definition media/blu-ray disc.**
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)
- Low frequency effects:
- Surround Sound presentation:
- Dialogue Reproduction:
- Low frequency extension * (non-rated element): NA
The Suspect comes to Blu-ray Disc from Well Go USA featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 28 Mbps and lossless DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound that has an average bitrate of 2.4 Mbps.
- Black Level/Shadow Detail:
- Color Reproduction:
This is a solid looking high definition rendering from Fox that sports plenty of fine detail with sharp edges and crisp definition that provides discerning dimensional perspective during wide angle camera pans. Colors range from warm, vivid and inviting to cool, reserved and almost tonally neutral. This is obviously a creative decision that draws definitive visual boundaries and works quite well. Blacks are rich and noticeably deep with a slight boost to contrast that is just enough to give the video a visually dynamic aesthetic without negatively impacting fidelity. Visible detail in low lit scenes/backgrounds isn’t always definitive and I noticed some innate softening however neither proves problematic. I didn’t see any obvious signs of video related artifacts as the video had a pristine and generally pleasing quality.
The high resolution DTS-HD MA surround mix comes in both Korean and English dubbed flavors (I opted for the former) and delivers the soundtrack’s elements with aplomb. The soundtrack has good dynamic range, and makes ample use of the entire surround platform to derive the most from the film’s recorded elements. The music, coupled with well integrated discrete and ambient sound effects, plays an intricate role in the presentation. The low frequency effects channel is frequently active as the subwoofer kicks in during the action to energize the room with palpably rich bass. Dialogue is firmly planted in the center channel and clearly renders voices and effects with appropriate distinction and balance within the front soundstage.
is an entertaining and well executed martial arts/action film that may not bring anything especially original to the genre table but is lots of fun nonetheless. It comes to Blu-ray from Well Go USA featuring excellent high definition audio/video quality and disappointingly no bonus features. When you’re up for a little martial arts action coupled with a decent story The suspect
is just the ticket so feel free to toss it in your rental queue and take it for a spin on Blu-ray.
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