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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Voice" Episode 1

2017/01/18 | Permalink

"Voice" has begun and despite some bizarre pacing and trying a little to hard, it was entertaining. Brought to us by director Kim Hong-seon ("Pied Piper", "Liar Game", "Warrior Baek Dong-soo") and writer Ma Jin-won ("Save the Last Dance for Me", "Speed"), the drama skews to the dark and dramatic. While the first episode has pinged my curiosity, I can't say it is anything unusual for the genre or for OCN.

Jang Hyuk as Moo Jin-hyeok overacts as a detective who loses his wife to a brutal murder and subsequently falls apart. Lee Ha-na is convincing as the voice profiler Kang Kwon-joo who is motivated to hone her keen sense of hearing after publicly botching Jin-hyeok's wife's 112 (the equivalent of the American 911) call. Both characters are so rote in this genre that I can't yet draw a conclusion about them. He is a hot mess; she is a robot. Both are damaged. One has the physical genius. One has the gumption. Orion's preview (http://www.hancinema.net/hancinema-s-drama-preview-voice-102235.html) was spot on in analysis. Her reservations about the novelty of the genre type and the ability of this drama to perform as something unique are definitely founded.

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"Voice" did very well-establish the main characters, which is very appreciated in a drama like this where a lot of characters come into play. The case of the day, while captivating, seemed forced in energy level. It mostly served to highlight the important of Kwon-joo's expertise in voice profiling.

Honestly, this show hasn't won me yet, which is dangerous. That is what the first episode is for. But we still have episode two.

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Written by: Lisa Espinosa AKA Raine from 'Raine's Dichotomy'

"Voice" is directed by Kim Hong-seon-I, written by Ma Jin-won and features Jang Hyuk, Lee Ha-na, Baek Sung-hyun and Yesung.

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