Hell created by human fear… Where do you live

The Netflix series ‘Hell’ will be released on the 19th. ‘Hell’, which was invited to the OTT section of the Busan International Film Festival last month, received favorable reviews from the audience. In addition, it is being invited to major overseas film festivals such as the Toronto International Film Festival in September and the BFI London Film Festival in October, proving its global interest, and attention is paid to whether it will continue the propaganda of ‘Squid Game’, which was an unprecedented hit on Netflix.

‘Hell’ is a total of 6 episodes (302 minutes), and episodes 1 to 3 and 4 to 6 are divided into the first half and the second half in terms of content. So, at the end of episodes 3 and 6, a shocking reversal is drawn that makes the back story curious, respectively.

‘Hell’ begins by destroying daily life

A group of monstrous creatures called Hell’s messengers appear and kill a human. He was informed of his death in advance. The gruesome murder scene remains on video and is shared online. Police have launched an investigation, but nothing remains at the scene other than traces of the victim. Afterwards, public executions by surreal beings are repeated, and citizens are gripped with fear.

Fear is the easiest way to control humans. Jeong Jin-soo (Yoo Ah-in), chairman of Saejinrihoe, which preaches a series of events as God’s judgment, says that such fear will create a new world. The victims of the incident are all sinners, and God executes justice that humans have not done. He interprets God’s intentions as ‘you should be more just’, arguing that fear will make humans penitent.

Four years later, the world has changed as designed by Chairman Jinsoo Jeong. The world is dominated by the claim of the Saejinrihoe that the execution of hell by mysterious beings continues, and that these are all the will of God and a natural result of the sins committed. Those who were sentenced to hell, as well as their families, were branded as the family of criminals, and an atmosphere of mutual trust and surveillance was established. The ‘Arrowhead’, a group that uses the Saejinrihoe on its back and uses indiscriminate violence, is more powerful and reigns like a vigilante.

It seems that they are barely maintaining order, but this place is already hell. The Hell Demonstration hosted by Rev. Chul-min Jeong, the new chairman of the Saejinrihoe, in which a person called a sinner is killed by the messengers of hell, has an audience rating of close to 80% nationwide. There is no force left to oppose Saejinrihoe, which has the exclusive right to interpret God’s message.

In the Netflix series ‘Hell’, which was released on the 19th, Yoo Ah-in (right), who played the founder of ‘Saejinrihoe’, and Park Jung-min, who played the role of a broadcasting station PD.

Meanwhile, broadcasting station PD Bae Young-jae (Park Jung-min), who was living with dissatisfaction in the miserable reality, finds out that his daughter was sentenced to hell as soon as she was born, and Min Hye-jin (Kim Hyun-joo), a former lawyer at Sodo Law Office, said that an innocent newborn was sentenced. Use the dots to see an opportunity to counter-attack Saejinrihoe.

The movie ‘Hell’, which begins with the destruction of everyday life with unrealistic beings, is a jumbled mix of fantasy and reality. Humans, whose sense of reality is paralyzed by fear, are like unbridled foals. Private violence is justified in the name of justice, and laws and systems are ignored. A person who wants to rule over other humans appears through a pseudo-religion, while an Internet broadcaster who volunteers to be a speaker of God gains popularity by instigating people. The media is biased toward public opinion and is busy chasing provocative material while giving up on verification.

Even the hell drawn in reality, not fantasy

The map of hell drawn by director Yeon Sang-ho is drawn in the realm of reality, not fantasy. All of the things expressed in computer graphics (CG) such as angels foretelling death and lions from hell are just materials that symbolize phenomena that are difficult for humans to understand. The fact that everyday life can be so easily destroyed by something that is difficult to scientifically identify or beyond human thinking is the fundamental fear and hell portrayed in this drama.

‘Hell’ struck all kinds of social absurdity to reveal this message. Pseudo-religion, fake news on the Internet, mentally and physically weak, and juvenile crimes are already happening all around us. Director Yeon is asking if our society can endure if any one of them crosses the line or runs rampant due to something.

This work is meaningful in terms of genre expansion of Korean thriller films. The use of unconventional materials and bold CG comes as an attempt to break the frame of existing Korean dramas. However, as a series, it is a short six-part series, and in terms of a gore thriller, the storyline is rather loose. It is disappointing that the suction power is particularly poor in the first round. The success or failure of dramas served by OTT depends on whether they can make viewers curious about the next episode. Comparison with overseas excellent works is inevitable as it is serviced on a global platform.

There are some unfortunate scenes in CG and directing. The quality of CG such as angels and angels of hell is not good, and the scenes of hell execution, which should give the biggest shock to viewers, are not flat or dramatic. For example, the scene where PD Bae Young-jae’s senior is being dragged over the water by the angels of hell on a fishing ground and killed is like a scene from a classic horror movie such as ‘Hometown of Legend’. In addition, the scenes of the execution of hell that are repeated several times in various places in the city center are also mostly similar, making it less enjoyable to watch.

While various professions such as detectives, pseudo-teachers, and Internet broadcasters appear in the work, too popular character setting is a factor that hinders immersion. In particular, Internet broadcasters who follow arrowheads appeared in an overly end-of-the-century appearance, such as painting their faces with fluorescent paint, making the overall atmosphere of the play cluttered. However, Yoo Ah-in, who leads the first half of the work, and Park Jung-min, who appears in the second half, showed outstanding acting skills beyond the characters.

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