The thing that the poor and the rich have in common is that they aren’t satisfied with what they have. The poor aspire to fill their life with things that are unattainable and the rich are so bored with everything they have attained that they wish to descend to the basic animal instincts. So what’s left? Brutality. Greed. Detachment.
This is the Squid Game.
A “Hunger Games” meets “Saw” elimination course of child like games with violent consequences.
The series was created by Hwang Dong-hyuk for Netflix. Its cast includes Lee Jung-jae, Park Hae-soo, Wi Ha-joon, Jung Ho-yeon, O Yeong-su, Heo Sung-tae, Anupam Tripathi, and Kim Joo-ryoung.
The series revolves around a contest where 456 players in deep financial debt put their lives at risk to play a series of children’s games for the chance to win a ₩45.6 billion prize. The title of the series draws from a similarly named Korean children’s game. Hwang had conceived of the idea based on his own economic struggles early in life as well as the class disparity in South Korea. Though he had initially written it in 2009, he was unable to find a production company to fund the idea until Netflix took an interest around 2019 as part of their drive to expand their foreign programming offerings. All nine episodes were written and directed by Hwang.
After watching the series I can see why it was a hard sell. Not for the quality, the show is fantastic with some engaging drama, likable characters, and some twists that will have your jaw hitting the floor.
It’s the sheer brutality of it however that is oft-putting to some viewers and even the biggest gore hounds might be looking through their fingers at certain points. This isn’t aliens or superheroes beating on each other and killing each other. These are everyday people, neighbors, co-workers, etc. to see even the best of people descend the way they do to their most violent selves is the scariest part of the show. No one is safe, everyone is just a number.
The Squid Game isn’t based on global warming or trying to cull the herd, it’s because an elitist who had bought, screwed and partook in everything they wanted was bored. Bored of all the riches and wanted to play a game with his elitist friends but not with toys, with human beings down on their luck. The show puts viewers own morality in question with one particular character (don’t worry no big spoilers in this review) and it’s shows how low some people will go, to live, to win.
The Squid Game is brutal and soul crushing show that is very ambitious and shockingly violent. But at its core is an overall good story with rich characters and an ending that will leave you with a little hope for the good of humanity while patiently waiting to see if a second season moves forward.
In conclusion HipsterZOMBIEJoint Experience highly recommends checking out “Squid Game” streaming now on Netflix.
HipsterZOMBIEJoint Experience was blown away by Squid Game on Netflix!