It is almost fall and here at DWASOK that means it is time for suspense and horror movies! Come join Kmuse she takes a look at Netflix’s latest Korean movie option #Alive starring Yoo Ah In and Park Shin Hye.
Jun Woo wakes up to find that a mysterious virus outbreak has occurred. The outbreak suddenly spread throughout Seoul and rapidly grows out of control, trapping survivors alone inside their apartments without access to cellular data, Wi-Fi, texting, or phone calls. Jun Woo and Yu Bin struggle to survive in an isolated apartment complex from those infected with the virus. (MyDramaList)
We jump straight into the zombification of Seoul in the first few moments of the show. Seeing people getting munched by their relatives is definitely something you don’t want to see outside your window. I do admit that I would have been happier with a bit more world building regarding the zombies and the rules of their zombie actions. Its one of my largest complaints that they don’t seem to always make sense.
I liked the cinematography when it came to our leads and their isolation. The director really captured the stress of staying inside one’s house non-stop. Sadly, something that a lot of us can relate to right now. I do feel that the zombies lost a lot of their impact a 1/3 or so in. They were creepy but just not as creepy as some other zombie films. At one point, my teenager inquired as to whether these are just the same 10 zombie actors in every scene. If you have time to dissect a scene wondering about the actors playing the zombies, then you are not doing your job of keeping people in the story.
It took me a little while to warm up to Yoo Ah In’s character. It was a very subtle performance for the actor that it took a while to realize how well he did. It was actually after he and Park Shin Hye’s character connect that I really started caring about what was going on. Park Shin Hye did a really good job, and she was my favorite thing about the show.
It was an enjoyable movie. Not the best zombie movie ever (Train to Busan holds that title.) but worth the two hours I spent watching. And at the end of the day, I thought the scares and gore were maybe a 6/10, so people with a lower scare threshold might be able to get through this one.
Til the next movie adventure,
Dramas with a Side of Kimchi