What if all your financial problems disappear by playing a small game? Netflix Korea has given us many memorable pieces, but Squid Game has proved to be a masterpiece. Squid Games, which were released on 17th September worldwide, has everyone wrapped around it from the first day itself. So why has it won so many viewers in such a short time? Let’s find out.
First let’s discuss a bit of plot. The story is simple. We see four hundred and fifty-six desperate people, all struggling with financial difficulties. They are all gathered in a place to play a series of childhood games. Before the games begin, they are told they will have to play according to the rules and the winner, the last person standing, will win a grand prize of 45.6 billion won. The games look simple and harmless, but soon the players realise they had it all wrong. The rules are the same for each game where losing means losing your life. This plot takes us long back to The Hunger Games. And truly they have a lot in common, but yet it created its own place on the radar. The games are not the only mystery we have in the series. But to find out, watch the series. We can just say it will make you satisfied.
Now the story does start with focusing on Seong Gi-Hun’s character, how he lost his daughter, his gambling addiction and how he has given up on his life. But as the series proceeds and we are introduced with other characters and players of the game, we get a big clear picture of a lot of today’s broken society standards. And we get a lot of character developments, which we can all relate to emotionally. The series does a very good job connecting emotionally with the audience despite all the action. This is one reason the series feels so different and well developed than Hunger Games. It seems like a social experiment, where the players are the Guinea pigs and they are introduced to tension and difficulties to see how they react and their behaviour change with given scenarios.
Our most favourite point has to be the set designing and production throughout the series. It is so fun to watch and so well made. They are all bright and colourful, just like a kid’s video game. It looked so simple but yet had some complex and mysterious meaning to it. For a show of which you already know where it is going, this minute detail did a lot for the people. It is rather clear how the colourful screens kept us so focused from start to end. And as for plot twists, you got to watch it for yourself. You already know how the story is going to end, but the way it goes, and the road it takes will leave you jaw dropped.
Choice of games is another point of how Squid Games stand separately from other surviving shows or movies. The players are given to play very simple, elementary level childhood games. The ability of the writers amazed us, how they took such a child’s game and turned it into a monstrous death game.
The performance was outstanding. This is quite obvious coming from a Korean drama. Each and every person is a player betting on their life but by the way they act and react to their circumstances will make you amazed. Squid Games is directed by Hwang Dong-hyuk. We get a glimpse of his good work in this series.
The combination of colourful play setting with a dark theme of the series was like food to our hungry minds. The suspense was on point, and enough mystery and story line to go through. We can profoundly say Squid Games has to be one of the best Thriller actions tv series of this generation and we cannot wait for season 2 to come out. So Will you ever take part in any of these surviving games? Let us know in the comments below. And for more exciting movies, check out our malignant article.