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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Mar 12, 2017
  • 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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Mar 13, 2017
  • 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 main male officer with a female officer/ assistant helping and guiding the male officer in solving crimes.

Voice was more intense as the main concept is the power of hearing and make you think what that sound is.

Love me if you dare is more psychological, getting into the killer's head.
Recommended by Mikoto
Both dramas are the same type, there is suspense in every episode. The partners is a male and a female officer.

Main cases is serial killer and watching each episode truly keeps you on edge.
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    WednesHwang 3 days ago

    I've seen this up until episode 4, and I have to agree that this is superb. The main concept, the characters, the cast, the side stories – everything was on a whole nother level for the Korean drama history. However, being so great, every episode creeps me out and ...I can't sleep. I find myself a new skill which is ducking – a skill used by DJs when they lower the music volume to let the audience hear their speaking voice. Well, shit. I did a lot of ducking just so the amazing suspense sound effects don't scare the shit out of me. I'm still looking for the right place and time to continue watching the rest. I'm curious as hell but I'm such a chicken. God save me.

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    Dana 8 days ago - edited

    just finished ep 6... and i think i'm dropping it...... reading the reviews i thought it'll be a good drama but it really isn't

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      namopanik 2 days ago

      Is anything of importance happens in the first seven episodes then? I'm tempted to just start from this point.

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      shaz22 2 days ago
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      namopanik 2 days ago

      yeah, recaps are what I planned to do with the beginning. Maybe one day.

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      Dana 23 hours ago

      i think the first ep is a bit important... it'll explain a lot of things & it'll be easier to understand what happens later..

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      Dana 23 hours ago - edited

      @shaz22 im still trying to watch it =( lol while i really really want to watch it for kjw, crime dramas isnt really my thing! but thanks really for your comments!

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    silvermcv 12 days ago - edited

    not a bad drama, but not a good as other dramas with similar themes like Signal. So I gave up on it.

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      Dana 8 days ago

      its just that signal is unbeatable

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      Mikoto 5 days ago

      Signal is LEGEND.

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    Jang hyuk's and Jae wook's acting is so good that they erased all the good memories of woo bin and suzy in that beautiful house.... huhu... "/"

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    Narco 16 days ago

    Let me say it like this. This is a good show with good revenge story and "crazy" mc. Even sub stories were interesting. But man, they had quite a lot of script and production errors and so many cliches. If you dont mind laughing at serious scenes sometimes, screaming on characters because they stand and talk instead of rushing to the place (and other stuff) this is right show for you. Dont expect amazing show, expect a good show that will kill around 16 hours of your time. Superman hearing, lmao.

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    Miss-Addicted 17 days ago - edited

    this drama is one of those amazing dramas that you see once in a while.
    I have a tendency to fast-forward unconsciously when i'm not enjoying a drama but with this I can say i watched every second of it!!
    The actors and actresses did beyond amazing!!
    Jang Hyuk is one of my favorite actors so i don't think i need to talk about him.
    Lee Ha Na's character was AMAZING, if you are familiar with kdrama you know how hard it is to have a good female lead, she was great!! she was smart, kind, hard working, beautiful and just an awesome female lead to watch, usually these kind of roles are given to male (the whole seeking revenge or trying to find justice) so it was so refreshing and nice to see a female doing it and she did a good job portraying her character.
    Kim Jae Wook what can i say? brilliant
    also the golden team members were all so lovable, fun and hard working!!
    what i also loved about this drama is we get to see how they work with other cases which makes the plot less boring!
    now keep in mind no drama is prefect but this is one of the tops! :)
    I'm praying for season 2!! maybe some romance between the leads? yes please!

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      Dana 9 days ago

      wow i was still thinking if i should watch or not but your comment makes me want to!!
      i appreciate that u described it without spoiling.. i'll actually watch it mostly for jaewook so i hope his role isnt small!

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      Miss-Addicted 9 days ago

      Oh thank you so much!
      Jae wook did an amazing job!!
      I really hope you like it! have a fun watch!

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      Dana 9 days ago
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    XoXo 18 days ago - edited

    Does it have a happy or a sad ending?

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    Fortuna 21 days ago

    The first episode was a great pilot episode and got straight to the action. The story could've done without the recaps at the end (I didn't watch them anyway). I like watching Jang Hyuk and I really did enjoy watching this drama. However, the only thing that remains in my mind is a handsome certain someone. *-*

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    shushu 27 days ago

    So, there's 2 more episodes? Anybody watched those episodes yet? Are they just bloopers?

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    Reavel 27 days ago

    Welcome back Kim Jae Wook. <3

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    minam 28 days ago

    wait... were the cases based on real life events that ended badly?

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    Yasi Yasi 28 days ago

    What is your best episode of this drama? :)

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    soepspaansenler 29 days ago - edited
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    Ragnhild Mar 23, 2017 - edited
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    maychowsky Mar 23, 2017 - edited

    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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      bojinator 28 days ago

      This man has been smoking since day one, I'm so waiting for him to be a male lead. He is AMAZING. Dang. *highfives you


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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 2,014 users)
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