2020 Scarecrow Psychotronic Challenge Day 4: #Alive (2020)

DAY 4. HUNKERED DOWN: One with recluses, shut-ins or people locked inside their homes.

Based on the script for Alone by Matt Naylor, who co-adapted his script with Cho and will see his version of the film release later this month, this movie finds a live streamer named Oh Joon-woo facing the kind of battles that he’d only had online as zombies take over most of South Korea.

After learning that his family has been killed, the loneliness and pointlessness of life alone gets to him and he attempts to kill himself. He’s once stayed inside, away from the rest of humanity and now, he may very well be the last person left alive.

That’s when a laser pointer flashes and he realizes that there’s somebody else left. Kim Yoo-bin has used traps and an axe to stay alive, using her wits when all Oh Joon-woo has done is hide.

If you’ve read Max Brooks’ World War Z, the story “Kondo Tatsumi,” about a Japanese gamer in a similar situation, may strike you as being very much like this story.

The end of the film really recalled Shaun of the Dead, which is not a bad thing.  In a world where every zombie story has seemingly been told, this tale of a young man staying locked within his apartment — afraid to come outside as a plague ravages everyone else — is alarmingly all too real.

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