South Korea is quickly becoming a fantastic hot spot for new and inventive zombie movies. They brought us the unique and thrilling Train to Busan films and now they have a new film that debuted at the perfect time during the worst epidemic of our lifetime. Like the rest of us, the main protagonist of the film is confined to his home. Only for him, a day of slacking off and gaming is interrupted when a zombie outbreak occurs and his entire apartment complex is under siege in a matter of moments.
The film is directed by Cho Il-hyung, stars Yoo Ah-in and Park Shin-hye. It is based on the 2019 script Alone by Matt Naylor who co-adapted his script with Cho. Star Yoo Ah-in who plays Joon-woo really plays up the claustrophobic nature of the film. Sure at first he is able to stay quiet and retreat into his video games and social media like any other day but when food, water, and the whereabout of his family begin to weigh on him, the fight for survival becomes real. Luckily, he is able to apply his gaming skills and tech to the outside apocalypse. Whether it’s updating his social media status with #stayalive or using drones to survey the outside world, Joon-woo finds a way to survive despite the odds growing against him daily. When he finally meets another human being in Yoo-bin, who is a bit of a survivalist, the two are able to work together and plan an escape.
And let me just say, these Korean zombie films have made these mindless ghouls actually scary again. Not only are they fast but the way they transform and then become the undead is almost beautiful to watch. Its as if to be a zombie actor in Korea you have to also be a dancer to know how to proper contort your body in ways that don’t look natural.
#Alive is what George Romero’s “Diary of the Dead” wanted to be but fell short of. Romero’s idea of survivors using social media to stay alive and rely messages was unique at the time, but it was also at a time when we as a society were just learning how to apply the technology to our everyday lives. #Alive is smartly written, its witty, and it has a heart. And don’t worry gorehounds, there is plenty of blood to go around. Where it isn’t the goriest zombie film out there, it is one of the most unique.
Its hipsters/slackers dealing with the apocalypse. Despite not knowing much in the way of properly fortifying or managing supplies, the characters of the film do bring a unique mind for tweeting and technology to the forefront. The film is so popular in fact that an American version titled “Alone” is already set to come out this October. #Alive will finds its way onto Netflix streaming service on September 8th. Like Train to Busan, this is one zombie gem you will want to check out as soon as it drops. HipsterZOMBIEJoint Experience highly recommends #Alive.