Same as the Train to Busan or the Peninsula, Alive is a survival action horror film. It is directed by Il Cho and released last September 8, 2020. It all started from an unknown infection that spread all throughout the city. A gamer named Oh-Joon Woo was trapped inside his home during the spread of the virus that makes anyone who is infected, a zombie. He almost give up thinking that he was the only one who survived until he met a girl named Kim Yoo-Bin.
Alive Cast and Crews Review
Cho-Il Hyung – he is a director and a screenplay writer. He is well known for his first featured film titled “A Violent Prosecutor” way back 2016. And now, Hyung’s film: Alive is a kind of film that will surely give you goosebumps. There are a lot of thrilling scenes in this movie.
Matt Naylor – he’s an American writer, editor and a film director. One of the movies that he directed is titled “One Day“. A movie based on a true story inspired by David Nicholl’s novel.
Yoo Ah-In as Oh-Joon Woo, a guy gamer who was trapped inside his home. Ah-In Yoo is indeed a versatile Korean actor. He is also a director and a gallerist. He is an award-winning actor who got the “Blue Dragon Film Award for Best Leading Actor” with his film titled “The Throne” and “Baeksang Arts Award for Best Leading Actor” with his film titled “Six Flying Dragons”. He portrays his role as Oh-Joon Woo very well.
Park Shin-Hye as Kim Yoo-Bin, the girl that Oh-Joon Woo met. Yoo-Bin also survived, she stays at the building in front of Oh-Joon’s home. She portrays the role of a brave woman who does not give up. Shin-Hye is also an award-winning South Korean singer and model.
Jeon Bae-Soo as Mask man that invited Yoo-Bin and Oh-Joon inside his home. At first, you will love this man for his generosity and kindness. But will he really help those two for free? Bae-Soo Jeon nailed it! His acting skills never fades. He is well known for his films “Seven Years of Nights” and “The Tower”.
Lee Hyun-Wook as Lee Sang-Chul
Oh Hye-Won as the policewoman
Lee Chae-Kyung as the masked man’s wife
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Alive Plot Review
Would you rather kill yourself in the midst of zombie apocalypse? Or choose to be ALIVE?
Survival mode on! In Alive, you will definitely feel the thrill and action. Same as other movies such as the “Peninsula”, it’s not just about human against the zombies, but also survivors against survivors. It also teaches us to always be ready or prepared for such an outbreak. There is also a glimpse of drama, when Oh-Joon attempted committing suicide and when the masked man did everything for his infected wife. The setting was well-chosen, a place wherein there is a lot of building structures that added thrill in the film.
However, the movie failed with their goal to tell a story. It focuses on providing the audience with action but they failed to impart a story. And also, there are scenes that are quite boring and exaggerated. One of the loopholes that I’ve noticed is the unrealistic encounter between Oh-Joon and the zombies. It was too hard for him to kill the smaller and weaker zombie than the huge and stronger one.
If you are a fan of action thriller films, I recommend Alive. It will fulfill your satisfaction with breathtaking encounters.