Saturday, 25 December 2010


Suspect X [Review]

Opinion: B+

With wits and logic pitted against unpredictable irrationalism, this film is a fine display of how people embark on a fulfilling journey in realising how some things cannot be solved and explained with pure logic and science. This reminds us once again why we are known as human beings and not robots. Suspect X is like how it advocates: The winning formula equals to mind and soul. 

A male body is discovered. He is strangled to death where his face pulverized beyond recognition and fingers burned to a crisp. Kaoru Utsumi (Kou Shibasaki) is assigned to the case. The police face great difficulty in cracking the case. Thus, she seeks advice from brilliant physicist Manabu Yukawa (Masaharu Fukuyama), aka Detective Galileo.

After analyzing the case, Yukawa suspects that the true genius behind everything is Tetsuya Ishigami (Shinichi Tsutsumi), the neighbor of victim's ex-wife. Ishigami happens to be Yukawa's college friend whom he regards as a true mathematics genius. Elaborate bluffs, false testimonials, loopholes in logic - all begin to appear in Detective Galileo's way as if intentionally placed as a challenge by someone with mathematical brilliance.

Tsutsumi proves himself to be a great veteran actor with his superb portrayal of the film's ambiguous anti-hero. It's a complex character well written by the screenwriters and who else but Tsutsumi to be capable of pulling it off so well? The character of Ishigami is highly regarded as the film's influential determinant.

Both regarded as a leading figure in Physics and Mathematics respectively, Yukawa holds nothing but respect for Ishigami but is at the same time wary and confused of his intentions. A man of science and logic whose only answer to every question out there is through composed logic. He is never betting anything based on a mere hunch or a moment of rashness, which is irrational. Like emotions.

He is about to change his principles.

Unable to grasp his entire master plan, the intentions of Ishigami has eluded his realm of understanding. It seems like being at the top of the game has also brought about a sense of lonely desolation. When it is least expected, you never know when fate will come knocking at your door to save you from your lowest point in life.

This is beyond logic, it takes a heart to comprehend.

Scripting some interesting science fun facts and alternate takes on certain things in daily life, Suspect X makes a fun film to watch while intrigued by the two brilliant minds at work.

Reduced to a minor role in this production, Shibasaki is looking good with nothing much to do other than tagging along and hearing these geniuses sprout their endless theories. It will be better to tap upon her competency as an actress who is known for her acting prowess. I've seen better performances by Shibasaki in many other Japanese films.

Suspect X makes a fun-filled film that sets to challenge your chain of thoughts and leaves you unsettled as you begin to question if the brainiest person will always rule the world, in good faith.


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