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The Suspect (2013/Well Go USA Blu-ray)

Picture: B Sound: B Extras: D Film: C

In many ways, the Asian action film The Suspect (2013) can be compared to The Bourne Identity films in that it is an exhausting array of quick cutting and tightly shot action sequences. While not badly directed or staged, some scenes seem to be directly translated from earlier American action films like Casino Royale and even at times the film has a Michael Bay-esque feel with almost too many explosions and close calls. Clocking in at a little over two hours, The Suspect isn't necessarily bad or good but average. Its definitely not on the same level as District B-13 or The Raid films.

Ji Dong-chul (Gong Yoo) was once the top special forces agent in North Korea, but after a change in political power, he was abandoned by his government while on a mission. He goes on the run, seeking his wife and daughter who were sold as slaves to China, only to discover their corpses. When he learns that an ex-colleague was behind their deaths, Dong-chul goes on a hardened vendetta for revenge, defecting to the South to chase his family's killer. Now living incognito, he searches for his nemesis during the day, and at night works as a personal chauffeur for Chairman Park, a business executive with ties to Pyongyang.

One night the chairman is attacked and killed by an assassin, but not before handing over a special pair of glasses to Dong-chul. The South Korean intelligence service, a member of which frames Dong-chul for the murder, goes on the hunt for the beleaguered former spy. The manhunt is led by Min Se-hoon (Park Hee-soon), a colonel and drill sergeant with whom Dong-chul shares a past, and Kim Seok-ho (Jo Sung-ha), the director of the NIS. Aided by a feisty documentary filmmaker (Yoo Da-in), Dong-chul goes on the run again while trying to recover top-secret materials that his dying boss sent him to find. Will he find these materials and clear his name? You'll have to find out!

Aside from almost the complete lack of extras (all we get is a short trailer) the disc has a great transfer and sound. Sporting a 1080p high definition transfer in a 2:39:1 widescreen aspect ratio. The audio is superb with the original Korean DTS-HD MA 5.1 track that brings your home surround sound system to life in glorious fashion. English subtitles are of course included on the disc. Total run time for the film is 137 minutes.

- James Harland Lockhart V



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