Escape From Mogadishu

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Ryoo Seung-wan
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In "Escape From Mogadishu," civil war has exploded in 1991 between rebel factions and Somali government forces under dictator Mohamed Siad Barre. Rival North and South Korean diplomats are trapped in the capital city, surrounded on all sides by what would emerge as some of the deadliest fighting of the conflict. With no aid from their Korean governments––and no means of communicating with the outside world––the diplomats' only shot at survival may require uniting with bitter
adversaries to escape. (Gary Reber)

Special features include a production documentary (HD 05:41), a teaser (HD 0:51), trailers 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 in anamorphic Scope using the Red Weapon Monstro camera system and sourced from a 2K master Digital Intermediate format. The picture is realistic in appearance with a varied color palette that is nicely saturated with spots of strong hues that pop. Colors exhibit earthy tones. The night scenes are vivid with images of mayhem and fighting in the streets. Fleshtones throughout appear natural. Contrast is excellent, especially in the darker sequences lit with candles. Shadow delineation is revealing. Daylight scenes are naturally bright and night scenes are visually dramatic with effective spot lighting. Resolution is excellent with fine feature of faces, clothing and objects nicely defined. This is a compelling picture of war and revolt. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is in Korean with English subtitles. Atmospherics enhance the realism of the setting and mayhem in the streets as the revolt unfolds. Sound effects are plentiful and include intense gunfire, crashes, explosions and vehicles involved in the revolution. Deep bass is prominent throughout and heightens the tension. Dialogue sounds natural. The music score features dynamic and intense African drumming and instrumentation. Soundfield directionality is aggressive and powerfully dynamic sounding, which intensifies the excitement and perilous situation. This is a very realistic-sounding holosonic® soundtrack that effectively captures the tensions of the escape. (Gary Reber)