Foreigner, The

Featured In Issue 223, January 2018

WSR Score5
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In "The Foreigner," humble London businessman Quan's (Chan) long-buried past erupts in a revenge-fueled vendetta when the only person left for him to love—his teenage daughter—is taken from him in a senseless act of politically motivated terrorism. In his relentless search for the identity of the terrorists, Quan is forced into a cat-and-mouse conflict with a British government official (Brosnan), whose own past may hold clues to the identities of the elusive killers. Based on the novel The Chinaman by Stephan Leather. (Gary Reber)

Special features include a making-of featurette (HD 02:17), interviews (HD 28:00), Trailer #1, Trailer #2, and upfront previews.

The 2.39:1 1080p AVC picture, reviewed on a Sony Bravia Z9D 4K Ultra HD HDR display, upconverted to 2160p with greater resolution and luminance, was photographed digitally using the Arri Alexa XT and XT Plus camera systems at 2.8K and sourced from a 2K master Digital Intermediate format. Picture quality is terrific, with a perfectly natural color palette.that exhibits balanced saturated hue, such as the natural earthtones in the countryside at a Belfast estate or the urban city areas and office spaces. Hues are warm and rich with spot colors that pop. Fleshtones appear accurate throughout. Contrast is nicely balanced with deep blacks and revealing shadow delineation, which creates effective realism in the darker scenes. Resolution is excellent with fine detail exhibited throughout in facial features, hair, beards, clothing and object texture such as on vehicles and buildings. This is a well-executed presentation that creates natural and realistic imagery, for a reference visual experience. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 7.1-channel soundtrack is well crafted with a balance of dynamic intensity, as in explosions, gunfire and hand-to-hand fighting, and more nuanced sonics in interiors settings. Foley sound effects are realistically rendered. Atmospherics are also quite realistic, and sound effects often intensify the action scenes supported with strong, deep bass extensions in the .1 LFE channel. The orchestral score is also dynamic with targeted energy boosts. The music spans wide and deep across the soundstage and extends aggressively to the surrounds in all four surround channels. Dialogue is consistently intelligible with good spatial integration. This is a soundtrack whose energy builds with each twist-and-turn, for an effective holosonic® experience. (Gary Reber)