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A gritty, tense crime drama, “THE CODE” has been released by COLUMBIA
Samuel Le Bihan plays a former con trying to stay reformed. But, outside forces
are trying to pull him back into a life of crime. The local crime figure is
willing to do anything to have him back working for him, and his younger brother
is an idiot aspiring to make a name for himself in the crime syndicate. While
the acting is first rate, this story’s been done to death! We can see where the
story’s going way before its main characters do, and that only adds to the
While Bihan is better than his counterparts, he’s not “much” better, so it’s
hard to root for him, again, making the film even more frustrating as there’s no
clear candidate to be pulling for.
COLUMBIA TRISTAR has preserved the film’s 1.85:1 aspect ratio, with 16:9
enhancement. It’s a solid image, and while there are some very grainy moments,
they appear deliberate to convey the gritty atmosphere intended. Colors vary in
depth from rich to subdued. Contrast is impressive, with deep blacks and grays.
Fleshtones appear natural throughout.
COLUMBIA TRISTAR has provided a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix. Surprisingly, “THE CODE”
doesn’t have as much of an aggressive mix as we’d expected. There are some
surround effects, but for the most part, sound is delegated toward the center
channel with some frontal separation. Music is well complimented throughout.
Several trailers are included.