Both of today’s shows talk about our future as dystopian fantasies. In one, there is a video game behind the series, while the second can proudly claim to be run by whoever gave us Train to Busan.
The Last Of Us (HBO Go): Adapting popular video games into a movie or TV series is now an ingrained custom that producers resort to, believing that those who popularized the game will easily see the transition. Unfortunately, we’ve also seen many of these attempts end in abject failure – Uncharted, anyone? The latest to go this route is the decade-old Play Station game The Last of Us. But what set TLOU apart was the attention to narrative and how storytelling was part of the game’s charisma. Having one of the creators of the game as one of the co-authors of this series on HBO Go was a great idea, as you know, I would move Heaven and Hell to ensure that the fairness and strengths of the game were kept intact. in the series
Pedro Pascal takes on the role of Joel, a grizzled survivor of a devastated USA, while Bella Ramsey is Ellie, the precious cargo that Joel has to transport safely across the USA, as she has the key to the potential survival of the human race. It is the collapse of the usual civilization as we know it; and just from the very first episode, we’re thrilled by how different the focus of this series will be. The emphasis is on execution and telling a story that the game hasn’t told before, and that works extremely well. The opening scenes give texture to Joel, what happened to his daughter, and how he ends up being the character we know from the game. All of this brings something new to the table, and I only hope that this emphasis on the characters and how they interact continues.
Jung_e (Netflix) – Director Yeon Sang-ho should be a household name to Filipino audiences who like Korean movies and content. Equally adept at various genres, he is best known for a short film titled Train to Busan. With that film, he juggled an established genre, the zombie horror movie, with emotional connection and resonance. This resulted, at the time, in an unprecedented success for a film coming from South Korea. And with this Netflix release, Yeon takes on the sci-fi genre, with an expansive film that uses a dystopian future as its premise and how, in order to survive the devastation of Earth, outposts were established in space and sent colonies of humans to thrive. in more hospitable environments.
As can be expected from human nature, three outposts banded together and declared war on the other colonies and Earth. At the start of the war, it was the mercenary warrior Yun Jung-yi (Kim Hyun-joo) who was seen as a true savior, but on a mission, she fell into a coma, and the failure of that mission has led to a war. extended for 40 years. Her daughter Yun Seo-hyun (Kang Soo-yeon, who passed away in 2022, and this is her last film) is now tasked with creating an AI android to lead a new war initiative and takes her mother’s DNA to’ ‘Feed’ the android Kronoid is the research group tasked with creating this Jung_e, and when plans are underway to abandon the project, daughter Yun takes matters into her own hands. It’s the human connection that once again raises the bar for this film, and kudos to director Yeon for this flawed yet effective gem of a film.
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