When I saw Squid Game pop up in my Netflix suggestions I paid it no attention.
But I should have, and if you also pushed it aside, maybe you should have, too.
That’s because this new Netflix original series might just be one of the most “bizarre” and “fascinating” projects out there, reports Forbes.
This nine-episode series is like the Hunger Games had a three-way with Black Mirror and Takeshi’s Castle, while set in South Korea.
The only difference is that there is a lot more murder and gore involved.
The basic plot is already pretty gripping:
The idea of Squid Game is that a mysterious organisation is recruiting a number of down-on-their-luck Koreans who are in tremendous amounts of debt to compete in a giant series of games that will reward them with millions of dollars (billions of won) if they make it to the end.
This isn’t some sort of fighting competition, necessarily. Rather, the games being played are all children’s games, things that most Korean children played in their youth.
Think Takeshi’s Castle-like colourful obstacle courses, except with a catch:
These children’s games all have deadly consequences if you lose. And they are unspeakably brutal.
450+ players start, but at the end of game one, Red Light Green Light, players who failed to stop moving on Red Lights have all been…executed by sniper rifle fire.
Later, a tug of war match takes place on a platform a hundred feet in the air. The losers…go splat.
There’s definitely a metaphor in there somewhere about the powerful and the poor duking it out for survival.
Per BGR, a reviewer asked some of these philosophical questions:
“Are happy endings possible in this world that, like our own, puts so many in no-win situations and still dares to pretend they have a choice?”
…“Can justice exist in a society so unequal in its doling out of power?
“Squid Game doesn’t offer an escape from the horrors of the real world. Within its limitations as a fictional drama, it gives us something far rarer: An affirmation that they exist, and that we’re not alone in finding them nightmarish.”
If you’re not already convinced, perhaps the trailer will do it for you:
I, for one, am hooked.
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