Voice (2017)

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Two detectives team up to catch a serial killer who murdered their family. Moo Jin Hyuk’s life spiraled out of control after his wife was murdered. He starts to put himself together after he meets Kang Kwon Joo, US-graduated voice-profiler, who lost her police father to the same serial killer years before. They work together on the 112 (emergency telephone number) call center team.

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    The Voice; 더 보이스;

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11 days ago
  • Overall 9.5
  • Story 9.5
  • Acting/Cast 9.5
  • Music 9.0
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
Voice got a lot of mixed reactions, ranging from perfection to utter garbage. Being a crime drama hater as well as a viewer who consciously avoids OCN shows, I’m more than surprised to belong in the former category. Voice was a splendid crime thriller and for me, the best OCN drama I’ve watched by far.

Same old, same old, 2 police officers whose relatives get murdered by the same person, are read more teaming up to create a new division based on the emergency call police department and their end-game is to catch that bastard.

Been there, done that, so what did Voice do to break the mould of crime dramas?

First of all, the concept of Voice profiling. Not sure if this is a thing, but even if it’s not, we accepted a crime drama about a walkie talkie that could make a 2 guys living in different timelines to communicate, why can’t we accept a woman who can hear extremely well? The voice profiling was original for me, gave a different vibe and an innovative twist to the all-too-usual police procedural recipe.

Furthermore, the impressive cinematography and music. The drama is gritty and dark in all the right ways. Creative directing, haunting dark colors and soulful music just came together perfectly and clicked, making a drama that not only gives off ominous vibes but it is also sinister only by looking at it.

Continuing, the incredible side stories. Every two episodes or so there is a new crime story introduced for the “golden time team” –the aforementioned new division created- to resolve. This is where the writing along with the directing and montage click together doing miracles. All of the side stories were intense, engaging, thought-provoking (although the first two ones were my favourite), well-written and did not drag at all.

Finally, the most important one, the marvelous core story. Cliché done right. The concept of putting a psychopath as the main villain isn’t foreign to dramaland; however the drama’s atmosphere, world-building along with the casting literally did miracles. More specifically, I appreciated that there was not a lot of red herring involved –crime dramas seem to think that we enjoy being led astray every 2 episodes for some reason; while, it felt like there is a whole story going on in the background making this drama look like a part of a whole. Effectively, we were focused on the police side of a bigger narrative - plot twists, havoc and despair ensued.

Furthermore, it’s worth noting how every character, plot device and potential twist are beautifully connected and intrinsically linked to the bigger picture. Good writing - the drama is actually so good even when you see the twist coming, you're still gonna like it anyway cause the whole aura of the drama won't let you a moment's rest.

Lastly, It would be a serious negligence, at this point, to not mention the exquisite Serial Killer. Undeniably, the drama owes how well it worked to its main villain. As far as I’m concerned we’re talking about the best villain I’ve ever witnessed creepy, scary, disgusting and disturbing, the type that crawls up your skin only by seeing his smirking smile. He enhanced the drama while simultaneously we do get the environment in which a serial killer is born that was spectacular to watch.

Honestly, not many drawbacks can be cited by me. If I could address one it would be the somewhat conveniently written side stories. But, come to think of it, isn’t every kdrama ever like this? Rich hot arrogant chaebols falling for poor innocent girls, silly coincidences and other cliches and we accept that but can’t accept a crime drama with stories being a little far-fetched or exaggerated here and there? This is dramaland, if everything was absolutely rational there would be no drama to watch!

Additionally, it was claimed that the drama had gruesome scenes and a lot of blood. Having grown up watching American TV shows this felt like child’s play to me but I do understand if some scenes were too much for some people. Everything is censored (actually, too much censoring going on to be honest), but be aware if you are sensitive to such scenes. Moreover, I read comments saying the side stories were boring and dragged, which contradicts completely what I said. I obviously disagree. Frankly, the side stories might be the best part of it all.

What's more, people argued that the drama takes a hit after a strong beginning. Strong starts bring high expectations too. I think the drama did well in keeping up pace, not dragging and staying strong plot-wise. Yes, middle episodes weren’t as strong as the first 2-3 but still a solid drama overall.

In general, Voice isn’t perfect, but it is time well-spent for sure. It is extremely thrilling; the side stories addressed interesting issues like child abuse, rape ect and were generally on the humanistic side of society, definitely struck a chord with me. The drama deserves a 9 for its flawless story line (side+main) +0.5 for the fact that it was utterly stimulating and increasingly intense with fleeting moments of strong sentiments and despair that just make the whole thing feel that much more real and emotional; I was at the edge of my seat during pretty much every episode either being thrilled or feeling hopeless.

I admit I was purposely avoiding Lee Ha Na. I only saw her once before Voice, didn’t like her. That being said, thank god I picked this because she redeemed herself completely. I couldn’t even recognize her here and I drew the conclusion that she just doesn’t match cute rom-comy characters, but rather darker ones. Her performance was impeccable here and she had great chemistry (as co-police officers) with Jang Hyuk. I’d love to see her in a similar role, or even in a melodrama in the future.

It is established how good Jang Hyuk is, and here is no exception to his unending talent. Fearless and brave character with a broken and emotional side, he pulled off his role immaculately and he was a perfect fit for it. Such a well-rounded actor, he can do everything. Respect.

Where have Kim Jae Wook been all this time? Flawless and creepy, an absolutely perfect match for his role, I need to keep an eye out for him in the future. I can safely say he made the drama!

Concluding, I’d say don’t turn a blind eye to this drama, it’s really good. Crime and thriller drama fans I call out to you, viewers who enjoy intense and provocative dramas/stories that aren’t extremely complicated this is for you. I can’t see how someone wouldn’t be entertained by Voice if you disregard the convenient part and you don’t have a problem with some violence ect.
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  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 8.5
  • Rewatch Value 7.5
This drama cemented the fact that I am really a big fan of Jang Hyuk. He can be anything! Absolutely anything! Even a crazy ass policeman with a bone to pick with all the bad guys! Such a great actor! A gift to dramaland, really! It also doesn't hurt that this drama's story is plainly amazing! I am always excited for the new episodes because there's one mystery after another and it's read more never over the top.

The whole crew created this drama beautifully. Powerful and finishes with an "oomph!". I highly recommend this!
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The two dramas have somewhat the same plot line.
Both female leads have special abilities and work together with a detective to catch the serial killer.
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Same feels. Both about crimes, but Voice is a bit more realistic (no element of magic or time-traveling). Also, both use the same font.
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    irumasuri 3 hours ago

    finally completed this drama. Its so good, i love it all the character especially Kim Jae Wook. How come he be this hot and scary at the same time? Lmao. this drama is my second fav crime drama after Signal.

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    irumasuri 15 hours ago - edited

    currently watching this, and oh God i love this! I really like Lee Hana character, strong and badass! I like the violence too, its rare to see that brutal violence. Ah, i ship her with Jang Hyuk too lmao

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    DoHani 16 hours ago - edited

    Still haven't watched the final episode but I doubt it'll make much of a difference. I'm surprised this drama has such a high rating... these kinds of dramas are hardly my cup of tea, I'll give you that, but when a drama is really good, the category doesn't really matter at all. I love JH in Fated to love you and I was excited to see him in this one but his character is annoying, I still have no clue why people call him "mad dog" because he's more like a puppy barking all the time and doing nothing, pausing countless times in key moments to say those stupid cliché lines that every cop in every drama seem to love and just... UGH. I can't stop my eyes from rolling.
    Ha Na is great, I love her image and intensity but she didn't do a great job (that or her character wasn't dense enough for her to grasp...). Disappointing.
    Everything felt so interesting in the beginning but then it felt like I was watching the same episode over and over... I hate it when they keep postponing the main plot and filling episodes with "cases" and product placement... damn... make a movie and stop this madness!
    And I guess that sums it up: Voice would be a great movie if you cut out all that's unimportant and keep only the scenes that have some relevance... it would last about 2 hours alright. lol
    I was so bored watching this, honestly. Which is a shame considering they had a great cast, a good theme and production and all that jazz. But welp... anyone who likes investigation/detective dramas should enjoy this alright.

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    yaaah666 2 days ago - edited

    The last episode gahhhh SO GOOD!!!! I DON'T WANT IT TO END T__T

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      Waeyo888 2 days ago

      I know I'm suffering from withdrawal symptomss :((( do you know other dramas similar to this I can watch!!

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      yaaah666 2 days ago

      yeah sure!! I would recommend watching smiling pasta (its taiwanese though) and also watch Give me food thats a very good thriller :)

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      Waeyo888 2 days ago

      woww thanks will definitely check them out, I'll also recommend paradise ranch,modern farmer and to stay with your theme lets eat is good as well ^...^

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      yaaah666 2 days ago

      omg sounds just like my kind of dramas!! thank youu, aha i'd recommend not to watch them on an empty stomach too ^.^

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    SHIRLEY MOLINA 3 days ago - edited

    I guess I am in the minority since I am not a fan JH I don't like his voice or is dumb laugh and I know people will hate me go that, but I am entitled to my opinion, that being said this drama was better then I expected no it was not Signal but it was suspenseful and exciting to a point.
    Would I recommend it yes if you like thrillers and suspense no if you are looking for anything else . Again only my opinion and I am grateful to MDL for giving us a forum to voice them.

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      SHIRLEY MOLINA 3 days ago - edited

      Thanks every time I have mentioned in a comment that I am not a JH fan I have gotten hate comments back. I have really tried to like him in other dramas like Shine or go crazy which is a drama I enjoyed except for him . I started without prejudice but really cannot stand his laugh or acting. There are so many amazing Kdrama actors that I do like. Thanks for the support.

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      shaz22 3 days ago

      Well loving or hating an actor are both objectively subjective opinion and it's funny hating on a personal opinion when their own is equally personal. Anyway, my opinion on JH is (I have watched only two of his dramas) that he tends to monopolize his scenes/dialougues/action wtv in his dramas, he really needs to have the lion's share in everything to sign the deal. And he just doesn't have the range to pull it of, almost fell asleep in some of his fighting scenes. I'd only allow Song Kang Ho that much screen time tbh.
      You are always welcome, not all of us are a mess when it comes to respecting one's opinion ;)

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      SHIRLEY MOLINA 2 days ago

      Oh wow I love Song Kang Ho was only able to see the Presidents Barber and Face Reader but in those he made such an impression that I tried to find if he was in a drama but could not find one. Great taste in actors.

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      shaz22 2 days ago

      Dude is too great for dramas, not a single misstep ;)

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      Panda 2 days ago

      Song kang ho and choiminsik. If they were in holywood theyd be swimming in oscars and other awards

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    Sora 3 days ago - edited

    All the comments talking about who the murderer is gave it away. If you're gonna say who it is then put in effing spoilers. Idiots

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      shaz22 1 day ago

      Don't read the comments if not following a currently running drama may be? There are smarter ways to avoid 'idiots', you, smart person you.

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    MrBanana 3 days ago

    This deserves to land at at least 8.9, a very intense well made drama.

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    XiaoZhanoppa 3 days ago

    Another "Voice" please.

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    Brooke 4 days ago

    Watching again for sure.

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    Tothebeautifulme 4 days ago

    really gruesome murders....but a good show overall. highly recommend if you don't normally get nightmares from watching scary things

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    mrwyoo 4 days ago

    hhmmmm season 2.... I hope that they'll think about it.

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    South Korea
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    Jan 14, 2017 to Mar 12, 2017
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    Saturday, Sunday
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  • Duration:

    60 min.


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    8.6 (scored by 1,489 users)
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