Rhythm Section, The

Featured In Issue 249, April/May 2020

WSR Score3.5
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In "The Rhythm Section," Stephanie Patrick (Lively) is a woman on a path of self-destruction after her family is tragically killed in a plane crash. When she discovers the wreck was no accident, Stephanie enters the dark, complex world of international espionage seeking vengeance. Her search leads to Iain Boyd (Law) a former MI6 agent who trains her to hunt down those responsible. With nothing left to lose, Stephanie transforms from victim to assassin and discovers that neither revenge nor the truth are what they appear. (Gary Reber)

Special features include deleted and extended scenes (HD 17:30); five featurettes: "Stephanie's Journey" (HD 07:53), "Fight Or Flight" (HD 06:10), "Never Leave Second Gear" (HD 06:11), "One Shot Explosion" (HD 02:18) and "Designing The Rhythm Section" (HD 02:38) and a Movies Anywhere digital code.

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 Hawk Scope and J-D-C Scope using the Arri Alexa Mini and Arri Alexa SXT camera system and sourced from a 2K master Digital Intermediate format. The picture exhibits intriguing cinematography, with visually engaging settings and production design. The color palette is naturally hued throughout with incredible accurate earth tones and natural fleshtones. Set in London, Scotland, New York, Italy, Spain and France, the environmental settings are natural with, at times, an overcast, dense color depth. Contrast is excellent with realistic variations in light, with deep blacks and revealing shadow delineation. Resolution is revealing with fine detail exhibited on facial and body features, hair, beards, clothing and object textures. This is a very realistic visual experience with engaging settings and production design that captivates, (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 7.1-channel soundtrack is dynamic sounding with an expansive and enveloping orchestral/choral score that is a virtually constant sound element and drives the tense emotional feel of the story. Atmospherics are very realistic and span the soundstage with subtle surround envelopment. Sound effects, such as sharp, accentuated gunfire and an unbelievable bus explosion, are directionalized and intense, and provide effective dynamic impact. Deep bass provides a strong foundation to the music and sound effects. Bass extension reaches sub-25 Hz frequencies with intensity. Surround extension is enveloping and nicely dimensional. Dialogue is generally well integrated spatially. When rendered through Auro-Matic Immersive Sound processing, the hososonic® soundtrack achieves an impressive spherical surround engagement. This is an impressively exciting soundtrack that is effectiviely dynamic. (Gary Reber)