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Alive and kicking



by Il Cho
2020 / 98m - South Korea
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Quite a bit better than I expected up front. I'm not a big fan of zombie films, which may have been #Alive's saving grace. It's been a while since I last saw a real zombie flick, with Halloween closing in and this film appearing on Netflix, there was no reason not to give it a shot. I'm glad I did.

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It's not even a very original film, though the first half hour offers a nice variation on the familiar formula. A guy wakes up to a city-wide pandemic, with the world outside being overrun by zombies. He lives alone in a flat and manages to survive by shutting himself off from the world. With nothing to do and food running out, he needs to plan his next move.

There's enough variation, the zombies look decent and the pacing is alright. Performances are good too and even though the film offers nothing new, director Cho manages to build up the necessary tension. Maybe not the most memorable horror film ever made, but pretty solid filler.