DNA thriller lacks substance

DNA thriller lacks substance

Platinum Data is a science-fiction crime thriller based on a novel of the same name by Keigo Higashino, the author of many Japanese films and TV shows, such as Galileo and Suspect X.

Director Keishi Ohtomo's 133-minute film is set in the future, when all criminals can be caught. An advanced DNA analysis technology, developed by expert Ryuhei Kagura (Kazunari Ninomiya, aka "Nino" from boy band Arashi), means no innocent person is sent to prison. A single hair from a killer's head can reveal details of that person's appearance and characteristics.

After a series of murders with a worrying biblical reference, Kagura examines the murderer's DNA - but he is shocked when he discovers the killer's identity.

After a promising start, the film struggles to keep the tension going. Despite a few neat twists and turns, the pacing drags.

There are some cool visual effects, but not enough to make it as impressive as it could - and should - have been.

Ultimately, it will leave you disappointed, especially if you're not a fan of science fiction, let alone Nino.

YP Rating: 3/5

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