There is no escaping sound. Every day, everywhere, something, someone is making noise.
What if it can cause disaster? What if there is someone out there evil enough to create a bomb that could be triggered by sound?
This is the premise of the film “Decibel.”
Here, a terrorist is causing havoc planting bombs that would explode after it detects a certain level of sound.
“Decibel”is exhilarating. It is action-packed as it is thrilling, no doubt, but director Hwang In-ho made sure to add enough drama to the proceeding.
It is fast-paced and the relatively short running time (it was merely 110-minutes-long) is also a boon.
That it stars some of of Korea’s most recognizable faces in Cha Eun-Woo, Kim Rae-Won, Lee Jong-Suk, adds to its box-office potential.
Note all three excelled in their roles.
Rae-Won and Jong-Suk’s respective portrayals are quite convincing, in fact.
This is expected, of course, as both are awarded actors with years of experience between them.
But 25-year-old Eun-Woo, known mainly as a pop singer, surprised us with his highly nuanced performance in the film.
He is incredibly good-looking, with his every appearance in the film receiving shrieks from several girls in attendance.
But his looks belie his potential. We can’t wait to see him try on more challenging roles in the near future.
We were hoping for a more satisfying ending for “Decibel” but the director’s intention was clear. He wanted us to leave the theatre thinking. And he succeeded.
“Decibel,” as distributed by Viva International Pictures, is set to premiere in local theaters Nov. 30.