“SQUID GAME” has taken the world by storm, and has claimed the status of the number one-watched series on Netflix. If you have very little tolerance for gore and violence, this is not the series for you. However, the bloody (sometimes, excruciatingly painful to watch) scenes are just a part of a grander story that embrace important relatable social themes.
Witness the deterioration of humanity’s moral fiber, and just maybe, a shot at redemption, through all nine episodes of “Squid Game.”
Still thinking? Here are three reasons why you should go watch it:
Survival game with a twist
It is arguable that “The Hunger Games” brought the concept of survival games to the mainstream while “Battle Royale” kicked it off first. However, “Squid Game” brings in a whole new twist: Playing the life-and-death game is totally voluntary for its players. Plus, the games played are based on children’s games. Bright colors, fun playgrounds and players who have the free-will to actually stop playing—the show tries to push its aesthetic far from the usual dystopian sets viewers are used to.
Super talented team
It took 13 years for creator-director Hwang Dong Hyuk to conceptualize, write and produce the entirety of “Squid Game,” as he revealed in a press conference for the series. Hwang is known for his award-winning films like “Silenced,” “Miss Granny” and “The Fortress.” The cast is headlined by well-known, versatile and award-winning actors Lee Jung-jae and Park Hae-soo. Making her television debut, South Korean fashion model Jung Ho Yeon turns in one of the best performances in the series.
More beyond the game
By the end of Season 1, you’ll both have a feeling of satisfaction and great curiosity as to what happens next. The gruesome survival game may just be a background to a bigger tale of weaving contemporary society and the high-stakes race of capitalism. Because the game features several players from all walks of life, you will get a view of how the game reveals each player’s personality and how it affects relationships, and overall, the lives of everyone else from strangers to loved-ones.
“Squid Game” is now on Netflix.