While detective Mu Jin Hyeok is out solving a case, his wife is murdered after calling the emergency call centre for help. When the call comes in, Gang Gwon Ju is working at the call centre and overhears not only Jin Hyeok's wife being murdered, but also her father who was close to the scene and set out to investigate. When the police catch the murder suspect, Gwon Ju insists that they have caught the wrong guy, causing the only suspect free to be set free, which devastates Jin Hyeok. Three years later, Gwon Ju comes back to Korea after spending time in the U.S. and sets up a 'Golden Time Team' with Jin Hyeok as a reluctant team leader whose purpose is to solve crimes.
Voice is a good criminal drama and a very bloody one. The main theme is revenge that is shown through the police work and investigations.
I absolutely liked the plot that is well written, original and from time to time scary. That leads to my only one complain - there is too much violence shown and by violence I mean blood, injuries, weapons and even child abuse. If you are sensitive to such topics you’d better not watch Voice.
Jang Hyeok’s acting was as always nice. He is very emotional and passionate with everything he did. Lee Ha Na acting was so so. She was the one who could interpret every voice but why did she speak so quite? And I doubt her acting skills. The other members of the squad were portrayed very good. I wish they would shoot a sequel about other investigations of this team.
Voice is fast-paced as it shows the work of 911 that cannot be slow in any sense. Almost every case is connected with the main theme of the dorama and it makes the story whole.
All in all it is one of the best criminal dramas I have seen. It is not gloomy and sad like most revenge themed dramas, as it does not lack humour and romance.
Voice follows OCN's theme of criminal procedural and is in many ways similiar to other drama crime shows, while still managing to make itself different.
Overall, the fast-paced, heart pounding aspect is built into a show where crimes are always brutal and time is always ticking away. Does it lead for an episodic format? Yes. But because the villains (especially the big bad) is so gruesome, and because there is an overarching plot that never really gets pushed to the back burner, it still makes for an interesting watch.
The biggest challenge the show faced was with making the call center scenes engaging, particularly when Gang Gwon Ju was intently listening in an attempt to determine any clues. And in some ways, the show succeeded, by intercutting with scenes of the crime scene and Mu Jin Hyeok racing the clock. There were moments were it seemed like the show was trying too hard, but they were few and far in between.
The weakest aspect of the show for me was actually Lee Ha Na, who felt stiff compared to the rest of the cast despite having a fairly fleshed out back story. Part of it is a writing limit - when you're character is frequently stuck at the call center and relying on hearing it's hard to emote as well as those out in the field, but even when she's active it falls flat, especially compared to the rest of the cast. The other weak spot was the level of trouble the team encounters (without spoiling the show) which sometimes borders on disbelief. They're meant to be elite but don't always feel like.
A gritty, gruesome show that's a recommend for any fan of crime or procedural shows. If you liked OCN's past offerings, you'll probably like this one.