Occupying the first place of Netflix’s top 10, Hellbound promises to afford, if not a fate equal to Squid Game, at least a little international notoriety. Does this particularly dark South Korean prophecy deserve 6 hours of your attention?
What is frustrating with the modes linked to the series is that they have a temporality of their own which can quickly leave us behind.
For example, in September, the phenomenon was Squid Game. A series of unprecedented success that you had to see, that you had to talk about from morning to night, and of which you had to quickly buy the derivative products.
Anyone who would embark on Squid Game today, barely two months after its release, would probably feel a little lonely, because the world has already moved on.
Just take a look at Netflix’s top 10. Are now included Arcane, Jack Reacher, Red Notice, Christmas Flow and of course, in the first place, Hellbound, the new South Korean obsession of subscribers to the platform.
So if you do not want to be in the pickup, flanked by that unpleasant feeling of having missed the train because of fat mat ‘, dive right now into the underworld of Yeon Sang-ho.
Hellbound, what is it?
Judgment hour has come for Yeon Sang-ho and Kyu-Seok Choi, the creators of Hellbound, which shape a program as spectacular as it is mystical-philosophical.
Without proselytizing or anti-religious pamphlet, Netflix’s new South Korean program explores a planet Earth where vile creatures are sent to ship humans straight to the underworld.
A moderately sympathetic mission questioned by many living, who wonder about the real provenance of those who are sometimes considered as angels, sometimes as creatures of the devil.
Obviously, and as is customary in dystopian thrillers like The Walking Dead, it is the men who quickly prove to be more dangerous than the creatures of hell, dividing themselves to rule better (especially over the most fragile), erecting sects and spreading chaos.
Sensational staging, philosophical questions about the very nature of mankind, and a scenario as tight as a good Strasbourg sausage: Hellbound surpassed Squid Game in our hearts, and in our opinion deserves an equally substantial success.
Hellbound bears the scars of the major works that inspired her
And Hellbound is also effective, it is undoubtedly because it is a program which took the time to mature in the minds of its creators and that it arrives after some works which allowed them to make the hand.
Indeed, behind Hellbound, there is Yeon Sang-ho, whom you know above all for having written and directed Last train to Busan, released on our screens in 2016, as well as Peninsula, its sequel.
It is therefore difficult not to note the similarities, whether they are of a scriptwriting or staging order, between those two great horror movies and this dystopian series.
Adapted from the webtoon that Yeon Sang-ho himself wrote, Hellbound will also draw its narrative force from feverish and brutal thrillers such asOld Boy, by Park Chan-wook, Snowpiercer, the Transperceneige, by Bong Joon-Ho or even Death Note, the manga written by Tsugumi Ōba and drawn by Takeshi Obata.
So many great influences that deeply nourish this new Netflix program, which is also interfered with in two teaspoonfuls, since it is only composed of 6 episodes.
As stitched with white thread as this Manichean allegory is in any case, opposing those who trust the law of men and those who swear only by divine laws, and in spite of its too great speed which prevents a real attachment to the characters , Hellbound really deserves a look.
Hellbound’s beautiful character gallery
Although the creators of the program are only skimming over the psychology of their characters, too sucked as they are by the heavy task incumbent on them to tell the story of HUMANITY, they show different and rather well-felt profiles. .
A mother in turmoil (extraordinary Kim Shin-rok), a cyber-stalker, a resistant lawyer and a guru without faith or laws: these are the protagonists who will lead you into the hell of Hellbound.
The opportunity for you to consume a Netflix program that has the mouth after the disappointment Christmas Flow and the very forgettable Red Notice.
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