#Alive (#Saraitda): Movie Review

"#Alive" was thrilling, exhilarating, and heart-pounding from end-to-end. While it doesn't present anything new into the zombie horror genre, the primal tension and fear it generates makes this a very enjoyable albeit forgettable experience.

A mysterious virus outbreak suddenly spreads throughout Seoul causing people to eat each other uncontrollably which rapidly grows out of contro due to the tight confines of the urban cityl. Oh Jun-u (Yoo Ah-in), and Kim Yu-bin (Park Shin-hye) struggle to survive in an apartment complex from those infected. Trapped without access to text, calls, or even the internet, they have no idea what is happening on the outside world. The pair, with clashing personalities, must work together to survive and  stay alive.

Intense. That's the best way to describe "#Alive". From its very first scene, the film doesn't relent when it comes to its zombie outbreak. And the film perfectly captured the chaos and panic that such an outbreak might bring in if it happens in real-life. Not only the impact of losing the  data-heavy technology we are taking for granted daily but also the distrust, the fear, and the confusion of an outbreak - especially in the eyes and mind of a young person such as our lead characters - was perfectly translated on the big screen. It also helps that the film was well-acted from both lead actors. Each had their own specific characteristics and mannerisms that were performed naturally and admirably. While you could say that there's a certain romantic aspect between the two characters, we liked that the film doesn't make it its primary objective. In fact, it was so downplayed that it could easily be assumed to be non-existent even. Unfortunately, the film fails to present anything new into the zombie narrative. The eventual twists and turns are predictable and as expected. We also didn't like that certain aspects in the film just didn't make any sense or any logic - like mobile phones or gadgets never running out of battery. In the end, on entertainment factor alone, "#Alive" is a definite banger.

Rating: 3 and half reels

Why you should watch it:
- thrilling and intense from first minute to last

Why you shouldn't watch it:
- doesn't present and dare to do anything new

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