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Ralph Potts's Avatar Ralph Potts 07:39 AM 07-11-2014


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.



The Review at a Glance:
(max score: 5 )

Film:

Extras:

Audio/Video total rating:
( Max score: 100 )

88



Details:

Studio and Year: Well Go USA - 2013
MPAA Rating: NR
Feature running time: 137 minutes
Genre: Action/Martial arts

Disc Format: BD-50
Encoding: AVC (MPEG-4)
Video Aspect: 2.40:1
Resolution: 1080p/24

Audio Format(s): Korean DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio
Subtitles: English, English SDH
Starring: Yoo Gong, Jae-yun Jo, Seong-ha Jo, Hee-soon Park, Da-in Yoo
Directed by: Won Shin-Yun
Music by: Kim Jun-Seong
Written by: Lim Sang-Yun
Region Code: A

Blu-ray Disc release Date: July 22, 2014


"He wants the truth. And he’ll start a war to get it"


My Take:

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.

The Suspect 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…


Parental Guide:

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.**



Audio: 88
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)


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  • Low frequency extension * (non-rated element): NA


Video: 88
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)


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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.

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.



Bonus Features:
  • (HD) Trailer





Final Thoughts:

The suspect 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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BCRSS's Avatar BCRSS 08:33 AM 07-11-2014
This looks like a great action movie. Just what I like. It seems lately that I have been enjoying more and more Asia films, maybe for the over the top audio that is presented in the films without any filtering.


Thanks for the heads up on this one, Ralph.


On a side note a friend of mine has The Terror Live http://www.blu-ray.com/movies/The-Te...Blu-ray/92179/ on Blu-ray. If you have a chance to review that it would be great. I only had a sneak peek of it for a short while but the story line seemed pretty interesting.
Ralph Potts's Avatar Ralph Potts 08:40 AM 07-11-2014
Quote:
Originally Posted by BCRSS View Post
This looks like a great action movie. Just what I like. It seems lately that I have been enjoying more and more Asia films, maybe for the over the top audio that is presented in the films without any filtering.


Thanks for the heads up on this one, Ralph.


On a side note a friend of mine has The Terror Live http://www.blu-ray.com/movies/The-Te...Blu-ray/92179/ on Blu-ray. If you have a chance to review that it would be great. I only had a sneak peek of it for a short while but the story line seemed pretty interesting.
Greetings,

I will look into it BCRSS. Thanks..!

Regards,
Deja Vu's Avatar Deja Vu 03:55 PM 07-11-2014
I loved the Korean films: New World and Commitment. I'm really looking forward to this one. Thanks for the review Ralph.
SeldomSeen31's Avatar SeldomSeen31 03:57 PM 07-11-2014
Netflix only shows this available on DVD. Bummer. Might have to buy this one. Another great review Ralph, thanks as always.
Ralph Potts's Avatar Ralph Potts 04:34 PM 07-11-2014
Quote:
Originally Posted by Deja Vu View Post
I loved the Korean films: New World and Commitment. I'm really looking forward to this one. Thanks for the review Ralph.
Greetings,

I loved Commitment as well Deja Vu. I reviewed it here also...


Regards,
Wootable's Avatar Wootable 05:00 AM 07-12-2014
I would say there is a lot of good movies from Asia. Not only South-Korea, but also Japan, China/Hong Kong, Thailand, Indonesia and a few more. Genres as action and thrillers seem to be what they do best, but there are some good dramas too.

Hollywood movies tend to be a little bit too moral (it seems like heroes can't be killed even when they do evil acts while it seems like in Asian movies any evil acts can actually die at the end.) The main problem with american action movies (in my opinion) would be that they tend to be a bit predictable as you know the hero will die to make a second, third, etc. movie.

There's also been a lot of good european movies the last 10 years. The Troll Hunter (norwegian "documentary") was filmed just an hour away from my home.
smokarz's Avatar smokarz 12:49 PM 07-12-2014
Thanks for another good review Ralph.

I just loved Korean drama/suspense/thriller cinemas.
100pr00f's Avatar 100pr00f 05:04 PM 07-12-2014
I just got done Viewing the film and Highly Enjoyed it. I give it a 4.5 out of 5

If your a Korean Film Fan, Your in for a treat. It runs a little long but does have every thing needed in this film.

off topic Side Note: Raid 2 was insane.
Deja Vu's Avatar Deja Vu 08:14 AM 07-13-2014
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ralph Potts View Post
Greetings,

I loved Commitment as well Deja Vu. I reviewed it here also...


Regards,
It was your review that alerted me to Commitment -- great movie and thanks for that.

If you haven't seen The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete then take a look. This is a great movie about two kids left to fend for themselves for a summer in New York City. It's about
perseverance, friendship, compassion, forgiveness and redemption. It's now one of my all time favourites. Maybe you previously reviewed it and I missed it.
Ralph Potts's Avatar Ralph Potts 01:28 PM 07-14-2014
Quote:
Originally Posted by Deja Vu View Post
It was your review that alerted me to Commitment -- great movie and thanks for that.

If you haven't seen The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete then take a look. This is a great movie about two kids left to fend for themselves for a summer in New York City. It's about
perseverance, friendship, compassion, forgiveness and redemption. It's now one of my all time favourites. Maybe you previously reviewed it and I missed it.
Greetings,

I haven't seen it but will take a look. Thanks!

Regards,
smokarz's Avatar smokarz 08:22 PM 07-14-2014
Quote:
Originally Posted by 100pr00f View Post
I just got done Viewing the film and Highly Enjoyed it. I give it a 4.5 out of 5

If your a Korean Film Fan, Your in for a treat. It runs a little long but does have every thing needed in this film.

off topic Side Note: Raid 2 was insane.

This was a great movie. I viewed it over the weekend.

That ending can make a man cry.
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