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The Victim (2006)


Picture: C+     Sound: B-     Extras: C-     Film: C-



In yet another tired subgenre work of someone losing their sanity, Monthon Arayangkoon’s new supernatural thriller The Victim (2006) features an actress who can really feel her performances.  She reenacts the deaths of real life murder victims for the police and the more she does it, the more pain she starts to feel.  Eventually, we discover she is developing a supernatural connection to the dead and soon, it may kill her.


Coming from Thailand, it has some good moments initially and the country is always interesting to see, but the film quickly implodes as the director and screenplay cannot properly separate the two worlds of the real and supernatural as analog to real life and filmed life.  Besides confusing film and video, the editing is simply not thought out, the story gets sillier than scarier, there is no suspense and the conclusion is very disappointing.  Watch this too often, and you’ll be the title character.


The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image is not bad as shot by Director of Photography Paiboon Pupradub, with some good lighting choices when the editing does not go out of control.  However, there is possible digital combing and definite aliasing errors from the master to this disc.  The Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS 5.1 are better, but still reflect how limited the audio is, with the DTS barely better than the Dolby.  Still, the 5.1 mix is not utilized as well as it should be.  Extras include TV spots, trailer and a making of featurette.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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