2 min read
TRO Rating: 3.5/5
#Alive is a South Korean zombie thriller that released in South Korea on June 24, 2020, and released globally on Netflix on September 8, 2020. Starring Yoo Ah-in and Park Shin-hey and directed by Cho Il-hyung, the movie depicts a young gamer’s struggle to stay alive during a zombie apocalypse.
Cast: Yoo Ah-in, Park Shin-hye
Director: Cho Il-hyung
Streaming on: Netflix
Languages: Korean, English
IMDb Rating: 6.2/10
A young gamer, Joon-woo (Yoo Ah-in), wakes up one day to find the world around him in turmoil. People in his city have been infected by a virus that turns them into zombies.
With worries of depleting food and water supplies and the fear of being eaten alive, Joon-woo barricades himself inside his house. He is determined to survive this apocalypse and his parents’ words that he must survive gives him the fuel to face the situation.
However, the loneliness and desperation soon get to him and he almost gives up hope. Fortunately, he forms an alliance with a resourceful neighbour, Kim Yoo-bin (Park Shin-hye). How the duo survives forms the remainder of the story.
The depiction of loneliness and dejection of being locked in one’s house resonates with the audience as most of us have been cooped up in our homes because of the coronavirus. However, the scenes in the movie make us realise how lucky we are to have sufficient food and water to survive. It also enables us to empathise with people who are not as fortunate as us in these trying times.
The writing and direction are kept to the point. There is no backstory of how the virus came into existence or how it spread so rapidly. The movie starts right in the middle of the action and I personally liked this no-frills style of storytelling.
The lead actors have delivered great performances. The depiction of how they motivate and support each other in their struggle for survival is soul-stirring.
Even as we are caught up in these emotions, the director doesn’t let us forget the zombies roaming around outside. The prosthetics are done nicely and there is a sufficient amount of zombie action to satisfy people looking for a good apocalypse movie.
However, the pace of the movie drags in parts and you will find yourself wanting to fast-forward to the good bits. Some scenes are clearly written to just add some zombie action into the movie and may seem a little incredible.
So, should you watch #Alive this weekend? I would say go for it! It is a nifty zombie thriller and is an interesting watch.
Viewed and reviewed by The Review Owl.