Masked people like to invite hundreds of people to a private island to participate in a death game, especially when it is to prove a point that may not require proof Build an underground crematorium. This is certainly a wasteful method for ethics research, but it can produce great TV shows, so if you haven’t thrown the squid game into the old Netflix queue.
The inspiration for this nine-episode Korean drama obviously came from the Battle Royale in 2000 movie This gave the video game genre its name, but shuffled in a clumsy unpredictability CS:GO Mini Game Module, Stretch it a bit for game comparison. It is adjacent to video games, for example: it features adults playing children’s games (sometimes a way of describing PC Gamer employees), and has some thematic kinship, such as many unnecessary murders. Squid Game is undoubtedly the most violent show I have watched recently.
Netflix’s official description is deliberately evasive. “Hundreds of players who were struggling with money accepted a strange invitation to participate in a children’s game,” it said. Anyone who is media conscious will determine the direction of the show from the beginning, but the first episode establishes expectations within a reasonable time through a story about his father evading gambling debts. The tone is sometimes soapy, often comedy, and hardly serious — Uncut Gems is a very different story about a gambling debt dad — but you can hardly call Squid Game optimistic. Especially not once you start shooting.
When the violence really started, its scale and cruelty were a bit shocking, even for horror fans. Squid Game did not stay on the terrible injuries like the Tarantino movie, and invites us to appreciate the excessive artistic and practical effects, with a few exceptions. This is why it feels so cruel: In addition to some emotional farewells, the contestants are treated even colder than the GTA pedestrians, and sometimes even each other. Explosive portraits are passed like offside fouls.
In contrast, the rest of the show can be creepy and relaxed, by focusing on the campus dynamics among the participants of these deadly children’s games: bullies, gossip, gossip, liars. How Squid Game completely integrates into its world is also very interesting, where the truck is equipped with sleep gas, and soldiers wearing the same mask have put together a system to determine who should be where. Whenever it returns to the game, it will not miss the opportunity to explore the cruelest meaning of its premise. I somehow failed to foresee some of the most despicable twists and turns, even though they were very obvious, and “I should have known it would happen” was an interesting reaction.
The ending of Squid Game spared no effort to enter a potential second season, which was slightly disappointing in a show that would otherwise end the ending, contrasting the long-term pain of physical death with social death. There are also some English parts in the second half that are very bad and almost ruined the conclusion, but this may be just compensation for the non-English parts of the American show’s poorly directed non-English parts without my noticing. Get ready to make them stand out and try to enjoy the show’s meta comedy, from sounding like Americans yelling at each other on the erotic Twitter cosplay thread to the main Korean actors to go all out.
Squid Game ranked first on Netflix for the second week in a row, so recommending it now is a bit like pointing out that Drake recently released a new album, but I almost skipped it myself. At first glance, the bright colors and cheesy PlayStation button mask made me look forward to things like “Black Mirror meets TikTok Fortnite meme”. This is not the case, and I can at least guarantee that it is better than other things I see in the top 10 Netflix now, such as shows where people “fish in the direction of $100,000”. (I guess apart from making video games, Netflix’s next big bet is “Black Mirror, but let’s really do it.”)
If watching Squid Game makes you wonder what it would be like to play its Joker-fied version of a playground game, Roblox community has covered. It also appears in my world And Fortnite Creative (see tweet below), I hope there is a CS:GO Squid Game map any day now. The red light and the green light finally occupy a place under the spotlight of modern games.
Playing the squid game at Fortnite #SquidGame pic.twitter.com/kGcxKxUy17September 27, 2021