Sector 7 (Blu-ray)

June 26, 2012 5 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

An offshore drilling zone known as Sector 7 was supposed to help lead Korea into energy independence, but the results have not been promising. Hae-jun (Ha Hi-Won) works tirelessly to find some kind of progress, as she wants nothing more than to locate an oil source for her nation. Even when her uncle is dispatched by the company to shut down the operation, she remains optimistic and is able to earn her team one last chance. Able to inspire her team with her drive and dedication, she and seven drillers set out with no intentions to fail. The squad pushes hard and while the journey has been a tiresome, often hopeless one, the group finally strikes oil and Hae-jun is ecstatic. As wonderful as this historic moment is, the squad soon discovers they’ve found not only oil, but some kind of never before seen sea creatures. As time passes and it becomes clear that the sea creatures pose an imminent threat, will Hae-jun’s team have unleashed the end of the world?

This movie is awesome. I have never been a big fan of 3-D, but Sector 7 really makes the most out of the format and delivers a memorable experience. The 3-D effects look excellent even on a modest home theater, with some great standout scenes that have to be seen to be believed. Although the slow motion 3-D moments are a little too frequent, they’re fun to watch and add to the popcorn atmosphere. The movie itself is a very cool monster movie, with effective creatures and just the right amount of camp, so Sector 7 is just a blast. The budget limitations are evident, but that just seems to add to the creature feature feel, in my opinion. The actors are solid across the board and while the story is just there to allow for monster mayhem, it is more capable. I do think the movie is more fun in 3-D, but even in the standard version, Sector 7 offers a fun thrill ride. So if you like monster movies, 3-D madness, or just flat out fun flicks, Sector 7 is well worth a look.

Video: How does it look?

Sector 7 is presented in 1.85:1 widescreen. You’re able to choose between the standard version and a 3-D incarnation, both of which look excellent. The use of 3-D is frequent and fun to watch, as the filmmakers obviously wanted to make the most of the extra dimensional impact. The 3-D isn’t all gimmicks either, as it is used to add depth to almost all the scenes and just give the entire movie a grander scale. On the technical side, the image is clean and looks great. I found detail to be strong and depth (even in the standard version) is remarkable, so this is a superb treatment. The colors and contrast are all on the mark, even in the murkiest of underwater scenes, so this is one stunning visual effort.

Audio: How does it sound?

The original Korean DTS HD 5.1 soundtrack is here and it sounds great. The mix is loud and bombastic, with all the surround presence you’d expect from a popcorn monster movie. When the action kicks in, the surrounds do too and while not all that refined, the result is still a lot of fun. The audio chaos never drowns out the vocals however, so no concerns there. Between the general power of the mix and the music, this is one active, aggressive soundtrack. This disc also includes a Korean Dolby Digital 5.1 option, an English language track, and English subtitles.

Supplements: What are the extras?

In the extras you’ll find a little over ten minutes of interviews and behind the scenes clips.

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