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By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Zombie violence, cursing in thrilling Korean horror tale.

Movie NR 2020 98 minutes
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age 16+

Interesting, gory tale of survival and bravery

I enjoy apocalypic movies, and the best are those where the characters are forced to be have courage, think fast, and fight for something bigger than themselves. #Alive is an interesting take on the common zombie theme with the story taking place in an apartment complex. We see how two different personalities handle the threats and shows genius with just a few household items. Fans of Train to Busan and Cargo will enjoy #Alive. some swearing, with F bombs, so I say 16 and up, plus a lot of blood from the zombies but not as much as TWD.

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This horror movie has obvious parallels to the struggles with isolation faced by so many during the COVID-19 quarantine. There will most certainly be an onslaught of movies of all genres in the near future that directly or indirectly address the myriad cataclysms of 2020. While #Alive is a good old-fashioned zombie movie with the requisite cadaver makeup, shredded clothing, shrieking and moaning, lurching, and cannibalism, it also reflects, comments on, and (at times) parodies what we've come to understand as the "new normal" during COVID. These comments place the movie squarely in the tradition of zombie movies like Night of the Living Dead, a movie that made some pointed comments about what was going on in the world in the late 1960s.

The story has its flaws. As in far too many horror movies, characters make questionable decisions that defy common sense, and that come across more like weak attempts at moving the story forward. But on the whole, the story moves in a way that effectively meets the challenge of telling a story that's centered on one character for most of it. The ending is cheesy, but if we're looking for entertainment as a temporary means of escape from what's going on in the world, now more than ever we need a "Hollywood ending" rather than the nihilistic endings of other zombie movies. It's as thoughtful as it is action-packed, and a worthy contribution to pandemic-themed cinema.

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