The Engineer

Featured In Issue 269, September/October 2023

WSR Score4.5
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"The Engineer" is a pulse-pounding action-thriller based on true events. As Israel is rocked by a series of terrorist bombings, a U.S. senator’s daughter is killed in a bloody explosion. Now, ex-Mossad agent Etan (Emile Hirsch) must lead an elite, covert team of agents and mercenaries to find the man responsible — the elusive “Engineer.” Can they find and destroy the madman before more innocent lives are lost? (Gary Reber)

Special features include a behind-the-scenes featurette (HD 19:00), the trailer and a digital copy.

The 2.39:1 1080p AVC picture, reviewed on a VIZIO Quantum X P85QX-JI UHD/HDR display was photographed digitally and sourced from a 2K Digital Intermediate. This is a darkish picture that depicts Israel's special forces in Gaza on the hunt for the lead perpetrator of bombings in Israel, There is an overall drab look to the proceedings. Colors lack vibrancy though the hues appear natural in the various low lighting situation and daylight. Flesh tones appear generally natural. Lighting is minimal though night scenes can reveal good shadow delineation. Contrast is generally good with natural black and white levels. Resolution is good, especially during closeups in which skin pores, lines, hair and beards are visible. This is a well crafted production with the difficult task of capturing images in low light environments that results in a timely story with a dark visual reality. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1-channel soundtrack is active in atmospheric sounds and sound effects, which sound very realistic. And these sonics extend to the surrounds. The orchestral score is wide and deep and aggressively extends to the surrounds. Deep bass sound non-exaggerated. Surround envelopment is excellent and enhances the realism of the story. Dialogue is intelligible with generally good spatial integration, The soundtrack delivers a realistic holosonic® soundfield. (Gary Reber)