Director – Cho Il-hyung
Solid – Yoo Ah-in, Park Shin-hye
For a movie that appears to exist solely as a result of somebody thought slapping a zombie mod onto Dwelling Alone could be a good suggestion, #Alive is a reasonably ingenious apocalyptic thriller that’s given added heft due to the raging pandemic.
Joon-woo (Yoo Ah-in) wakes up one morning to seek out that his dad and mom have already gone to work, abandoning directions for him — a sloppy teen gamer — on the best way to care for himself whereas they’re out. Contemplating the character of among the directions — “purchase groceries” — Joon-woo looks like the kind of man who’d barely be capable to final a day with out his mother making a meal for him. However little does he know that in a matter of minutes, his life goes to be solely about studying to care for himself.
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He activates the TV and is met with some regarding information. The folks of Seoul appear to have been consumed by rage. Their eyes are bleeding, and so they’re attacking folks. A few of them, the newsreader whispers, seem to have developed cannibalistic urges. As mass hysteria erupts exterior his house, Joon-woo’s mind connects the dots: zombies.
What unfolds is a movie that’ll make you relive horror of the nightmarish coronavirus lockdown. As Joon-woo fortifies his house, satisfied that staying at house is the most secure guess, the virus consumes the populace at a daunting charge exterior. Quickly, the web companies shut down and the meals runs out. Joon-woo leaves no stone unturned in his efforts to outlive — he flies a drone round his house complicated to survey the realm, sends out SOS messages on Twitter, and even tries rationing — however simply when he’s about to surrender, assist involves him.
It’s a neighbour, Yoo-bin (Park Shin-hye), who’s been isolating in her own residence throughout the yard, and like Jimmy Stewart in Rear Window, has been spying on Joon-woo for days, it appears. There’s an prompt connection.
Do you keep in mind that candy story of how a few New Yorkers shaped a digital connection whereas quarantining at their houses on the peak of the pandemic? The man despatched the woman his quantity by way of drone, and earlier than they knew it, they have been having a romantic dinner on their respective rooftops, related by FaceTime. That’s kind of what occurs between Joon-woo and Yoo-bin in #Alive. Because it seems, the human meat that the zombies feast on isn’t the one tender factor within the film.
However whereas he patiently developes the love story, director Cho Il-hyung doesn’t skimp on the zombie motion. The prosthetics are constantly well-done, the set-pieces are properly executed, and regardless that George A Romero would disapprove of the zombies’ lightning reflexes, Max Brooks could be happy with the protagonists’ ingenuity.
#Alive, in its third act, even has time for moments of surprising gravitas. Whilst you have been absorbed by Joon-woo and Yoo-bin’s drama, the film suggests, equally transferring tales have been unfolding inside different residences. It’s like that temporary second of realisation in Cloverfield — a movie shot within the discovered footage format — the place the protagonist’s digital camera captures one other particular person documenting the monster assault identical to him. Director Matt Reeves questioned if a sequel might be made out of that particular person’s perspective. An analogous alternative is on the market to Il-hyung right here. The pandemic isn’t going anyplace, neither is the viewers’s urge for food for stable zombie cinema.