Suspect Zero (Widescreen Collection)(2004)

by | May 17, 2005 | DVD & Blu-ray Video Reviews | 0 comments

Starring: Aaron Eckhart, Ben Kingsley, Carrie-Ann Moss
Directed by: E. Elias Merhige

Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
Video: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Audio: English DD 5.1, French DD 5.1
Subtitles and Captions: English, Spanish and English Closed Captions
Extras: Commentary by Director E. Elias Merhige, four-part featurette
“What We See When We Close Our Eyes”, Remote viewing demonstration,
alternate ending with optional commentary, Internet trailer, previews
Length: 99 minutes
Rating: ***

FBI Agent Tom Mackelway is tracking a series of murders and all signs
are pointing to a former FBI agent named Benjamin O’Ryan. O’Ryan was
part of a former secret government program that trained agents to get
into the minds of serial killers by using telepathy. Through his
research, Mackelway discovers that O’Ryan had formulated a theory that
a single killer, referred to as ‘Suspect Zero’, could travel the
country murdering people and avoid capture provided that the killings
were truly random in nature. Mackelway, along with the help of his
former partner, must determine whether O’Ryan is the Suspect Zero
responsible for a long list of murders or whether he is actually
guiding them towards another person. Suspect Zero is a cold, dark movie
that reminded me a lot of Silence of the Lambs. Ben Kingsley turns in
an excellent performance as an intense, but very troubled man who wants
his inner pain to cease. This film is successful in creating a chilling
atmosphere without the need to display much violence or gore. I would
recommend checking out this movie at least as a rental and fans of the
film will want to purchase the DVD for its nice set of extras.

The overall video quality of this DVD is very good. Images are a little
soft but are otherwise clean with nice detail. Colors are accurate and
dark with saturated hues. Picture defect mastering is solid with no
major flaws or compression artifacts. The overall audio quality is also
very good with the English Dolby Digital 5.1 track serving as the basis
for this review. The soundtrack mix predominantly favors the forward
soundstage. Dialogue is crisp and firmly anchored in the center
channel. The surround channels are selectively used for both ambient
sound effects and the music score. The low frequency channel is mellow
and deep. Tactile sound effects are present in about one quarter of the
DVD’s chapters and appear as subtle to medium impacts.

Reference
equipment used for this review: [Video projector- Studio Experience
Cinema 17SF; Projection screen- Vutec 103” SilverStar; DVD player- V,
Inc. Bravo D1; A/V Receiver- Sherwood Newcastle R-963T; Speakers- BIC
DV62si mains, DV62CLRs center, Adatto DV52si rears, D1210R subwoofer;
Tactile Transducers- Clark Synthesis Gold; Video Switcher- Key Digital
SW4x1; Cables/Wires- Bettercables ]

– Calvin Harding Jr.

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