As far as murder dramas go, Suspect X is ahead of the pack.
The premise of the plot is highly original in concept and executed with a lavish ballsy style that intrigues and excites the sensibilities.
Though a little twisted - in the final analysis - Suspect X will keep you on the edge of your seat guessing!
When a dead body turns up at a local dump - after an apparent strangulation - investigators are stumped when it comes to solving the crime because the face of the victim has been pulverized beyond recognition and the fingers burned to a crisp.
Just a gruesome death by chance, or were the ghoulish touches an intentional act on the part of the murderer(s) to conceal the dead man's identity?
A top-notch detective is assigned to the case.
Early on in the investigation, the seasoned professional is led to the door of a young woman, the prime suspect.
Curiously, her next-door neighbour is an old acquaintance - a brilliant physicist - who appears to have more than a passing interest in the welfare of his neighbor.
A series of - elaborate bluffs, false testimonials, and loopholes in logic - confound the astute investigator, at first.
But, when the jarring pieces of the puzzle eventually fall into place, it is evident the crime has been truly diabolical in nature!
Suspect X is well-crafted visually-stunning Japanese film (English subtitles).
The taut script (written by Yasushi Fukuda & Keigo Higashino) moves the pace along at a fast clip - and hence - holds the rapt audience in suspense until the dramatic climatic end.
Catch it if you can!