Written by: Michael Den Boer on March 2nd, 2014
BluRay released: March 11th, 2014
Approximate running time: 113 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive / MPEG-4 AVC
Sound: DTS-HD 5.1 Korean, Dolby Digital Stereo Korean
BluRay Release: Well Go USA
Region Coding: Region A
Retail Price: $29.98
Synopsis: The son of North Korean spy is forced to follow in his father’s footsteps, when those is power threaten to kill his sister. He is sent to South Korea under the guise that he is a high school student, though his real mission is to eliminate all enemies of the state.
Commitment is an action film that is firmly rooted in the world of espionage. The film’s main protagonist an assassin named Ri Myung-hoon whose only glimmer of hope in life is reuniting with his sister, who was kidnapped by those who made him into a killer. And though he is not a killer by choice that is not to knock is willingness to kill as his skills when it comes to survival are not second to none. Besides one’s own desire for self preservation, one could also easily attribute his need to reconnect with his abducted sister as a strong force behind his desire to live.
The narrative is well laid out and the majority of the characters motivations are well defined early on. With the exception of one character who plays an integral part in the film’s pivotal last act and finale. The scenes with Ri Myung-hoon at school now under the alias Kang Dae-ho are some of this film’s weaker moments. The focus on bulling, something that is prevalent is most schools. The only standout moment during these school scenes is where Kang Dae-ho overhears a young woman named Hye-in (which also happens to be his sisters name) being bullied and he intervenes and leaves behind a lot of broken bodies. The real bread and butter of this film are the scenes where he tracks down and eliminates his targets. Most notably a scene where he comes home to the place he has been staying and everyone has been killed. Waiting for him is one of the killers and they proceed to have one of the most jaw dropping fights to appear in a film in a very long time.
There is not a single area of this production that is lacking. The visuals are outstanding, the action set pieces are first rate and the plot well is well laid out and superbly realized and pacing is never an issue as things most along very briskly. And the film’s score does a pitch perfect job by setting the mood and reinforcing the events which unfold onscreen.
Performance wise the entire cast all great in their respective roles, especially Seung Hyun Choi in the role of this film’s protagonist Ri Myung-hoon / Kang Dae. Not only does he stand tall during more dramatic moments, he more than holds his own during the more action oriented moments. Another performance of note is Ye-ri Han in the role of the high school girl named Lee Hye-in who becomes friends with Kang Dae. Her scenes with Seung Hyun Choi help add depth to the character he is portraying and thus makes his character more sympathetic. Ultimately Commitment is an extraordinary tale about the lengths one would go to protect the things we most cherish.
Commitment comes on a 25 GB single layer BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive widescreen. Colors and flesh tones look accurate, black level look consistently great throughout and details look crisp. There are one scene in particular that the black levels really sine and that scene is when one rival fraction looking for payback home invades the protagonists home and slaughters everyone inside. There are no issues with DNR or compression.
This release comes with two audio options, a DTS-HD 5.1 mix in Korean and a Dolby Digital Stereo mix in Korean. Both audio mixes sound clear and balanced throughout. Range wise the DTS-HD 5.1 mix packs a lot punch. All of the action sequence sound appropriately robust and the more ambient aspects of the soundtrack are well represented. Also included with this release are removable English subtitles.
Extras for this release is a trailer for the film (1 minute 11 seconds – 1080 Progressive Widescreen, Korean with English subtitles) and a ‘Making of’ segment with comments about the film and his role from actor Seung Hyun Choi (10 minutes 30 seconds – 1080 Progressive Widescreen, Korean with English subtitles). Also included with this release are trailers for other titles also available from Well Go USA. Overall Commitment gets a solid audio/ video presentation from Well Go USA, highly recommended.
Note: This film is also being released by Well Go USA on DVD.