Released: 18th September 2021 (UK)
Cast: Lee Jung-jae, Park Hae-soo, & Wi Ha-jun
Creator: Hwang Dong-hyuk
Duration: Season 1, 9 episodes (32-62mins each)
Genres: Action, Adventure & Drama.
Synopsis: Hundreds of cash-strapped players accept a strange invitation to compete in children’s games. Inside, a tempting prize awaits with deadly high stakes. A survival game that has a whopping 45.6 billion-dollar prize at stake.
I tweeted about my love for Squid Game on 26th September, but now that the show is a global success. I want to do an in-depth review. The first episode caught me off guard as I never watched the trailer. An image court my eye. It was of a dark coloured stairwell housing bright pink and green walls with people wearing red costumes and black masks. Seeing an image like that, would you not be intrigued?
Child games with adults playing & a prize fund. What could go wrong?... Everything because nothing is what it seems. If you do not win each game, you will pay with your life. The show has many similarities to Battle Royale, which came out way back in 2000 (Squid Game is a modern-day twist).
Battle Royale, set in a future where the government captures a class of students and force them to play the ultimate game of survival by killing each other. Without the success of Battle Royale and the fact that it quickly became a cult classic, I believe that we would not have The Hunger Games franchise.
No one was safe. Putting themselves in danger made it a little more fun with six playground games, which in turn tested your memory. As an adult, do you remember every game you played with friends before the school bell rang or the streetlights came on?... Not me, but in the case of life and death, I would try my hardest to remember. I would make sure I could outsmart the person standing next to me and make it to the end.
With a wide range of characters, you will go from loving those you once hated, hated those you once loved and hoping the ones whose personalities irritate you the most died first. I know it might sound harsh, but with the stakes being so high and the game starting with 456 contestants, you don’t mind losing a few hundred. The main characters were people from all walks of life. I’m sure there’s someone you can relate to. Not because they’re in massive debt, but because they’re trying to find a better way to provide and deep down want to forgive themselves for things in their lives that have gone wrong.
The Games were monitored by The Front Man. He is somewhat like a gatekeeper to this crazy world of wonder and death. Of course, he had a boss of his own that he gave him orders. His boss had a group of friends who would vote on the contestants like were cattle placed there for their entertainment. Very similar to The Escape Room franchise.
The craziness of the games levelled up each time within the childhood favourites. I sometimes thought they would be impossible to do. I found myself glued to the screen. I wanted to see everything and notice any clues before another episode. We needed to know who was behind it and why. Squid Game has so far thought of everything and given me a show that I didn’t even know I needed.
My Star rating: 4.5/5
Maybe it deserves a 5, but I feel like you can improve. If you think I’m wrong, then let’s discuss it.
All images taken from Google Images.