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Based on a true story, this gripping and timely thriller follows an idealistic UN employee (James) as he investigates the grisly murder of his predecessor and uncovers a vast global conspiracy that may even involve his own boss (Kingsley).

backstabbersforbeginnersbluStudio: Lionsgate
Year: 2018
Release Date: April 24, 2018
Run time: 93 minutes
Rating: PG-13

Audio: DTS-HD MA lossless 5.1 mix
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1
Disc Spec: 1 BD50
Region: A

I felt very uncomfortable watching this young diplomat who was fooled by those bad guys from day one he was hired. This guy was trying so hard to look smart and cool but he was actually very stupid to realize he was just a tool, a stooge, a stool pigeon or even a broken kite manipulated by a vicious hand of his superior. This guy was an idealist and an idealist could not and should not be a diplomat. Ben Kingsley was a lousy cast, didn’t play a role convincingly enough, an UN Under Secretary? He looked just like an under boss of Mafia, a diplomat criminal full of dirty words. But when you watched along, this young guy became more and more disgusting.

Movie Content: 5/10

Print/Audio Quality

The print is presented in 1080p/MPEG-4 with a 2.40:1 aspect ratio. While the film might receive mixed reactions due to excellent star power yet lacking storyline. I found colors to be strong and well saturated throughout the entire presentation. Blacks are strong and almost inky at times. Flesh tones were also natural. The exterior environments looked very good and you can see the details in the buildings as an example.
Video Quality: 9/10

The audio mix is presented in DTS HD 5.1 Master Audio lossless track. “Backstabbing” is a mix between dialogue and some action parts sprinkled throughout but when the soundtrack comes into play it does add to the atmosphere of the film. There really wasn’t anything that stood out, audio-wise the surround channels do a pretty good job in filling the soundfield. If anything, it’s all about the dialogue and the dialogue on the lossless soundtrack is crystal clear. I detected no hiss or any audio problems while watching the film.
Audio Quality: 9/10

Special Features

  • The Truth Behind Backstabbing for Beginners [HD]

Special Features: 3/10

Final Thoughts

When I saw James and Kingsley on the same movie I thought that it would be at least decent. Not so much, the movie is supposed to be a suspenseful thriller but fails on both.
Overall Rating: 5/10