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You Need To Watch ‘Squid Game’ On Netflix Which Is ‘Fall Guys’ With

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Netflix shotgun blasts new shows at your eyeballs every weekend, so it can be hard to know what to actually pick out. And for many, I would not imagine a Korean show with a weird sounding title like “Squid Game” is going to stand out for many people. I have been working my way through this show over the course of the weekend, and this is one of the most bizarre, fascinating Netflix projects I’ve seen in quite a while, and if the title is confusing, maybe you’ll be sold by the core concept. The idea of Squid Game is that a mysterious organization is recruiting a number of down-on-their-luck Koreans who are in tremendous amounts of debt to compete in a giant series of games that will reward them with millions of dollars (billions of won) if they make it to the end. This isn’t some sort of fighting competition, necessarily. Rather, the games being played are all children’s games, things that most Korean children played in their youth. Some are games Americans might recognize (Red Light, Green Light), others are going to be more Korea-specific. In many ways, this feels like a big-budget, fictionalized adaptation of Takeshi’s Castle, the famously goofy Japanese competition series where players try to make it through colorful obstacle courses without falling in mud or water or something. Or for me, it reminded me of Fall Guys, the more recent spin on the battle-royale genre where you go through a series of elimination games to try and claim a final prize. But with uh, a lot more murder. That’s the catch. These children’s games all have deadly consequences if you lose. And they are unspeakably brutal. 450+ players start, but at the end of game one, Red Light Green Light, players who failed to stop moving on Red Lights have all been…executed by sniper rifle fire. Later, a tug of war match takes place on a platform a hundred feet in the air. The losers…go splat. All of this is enforced by a mysterious, shadow organization wearing PlayStation button masks and serving one larger leader running the entire game. We don’t really have any idea what the purpose of all this is, but the drama is fascinating to watch unfold as players form alliances, betray one another or even vote to leave, which is possible, but with everyone so desperate for cash, they always opt to keep going in the end. There’s probably a metaphor here, something about the rich and powerful preying on the desperation of the poor, but fundamentally it makes for a gripping, nine episode production, and in some ways it reminds me of the first time I watched Kinji Fukasaku’s Battle Royale, in terms of how out-there it is, and that film spawned an entire generation of other movies, shows and especially video games. Maybe Squid Game won’t make that level of impact, but it’s easy to see the similarities. It’s a strange, violent, disturbing adventure, and if that sounds like something you’d like, I can’t recommend Squid Game enough. Follow me on Twitter, YouTube, Facebook and Instagram.

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