REVIEW: ‘Alice in Borderland’ on Netflix—is this post-apocalyptic series worth a watch?
December might be the most stress-free month for some of us what with the holiday season we're basking in, but apparently not for Netflix. December seems to be the new October, given the latest slew of thrillers they’ve been releasing—and Alice in Borderland is one of them. If you love survival movies like Escape Room, SAW or the OG, Battle Royale, then this new Japanese sci-fi series is a must-watch.
A post-apocalyptic drama adapted from the manga (graphic novel) written and illustrated by Haro Aso, Alice in Borderland is filled with thrilling and nail-biting scenes that will have you on the edge of your seat the entire time. Here’s a quick review on the series:
The psychological thriller revolves around Ryohei Arisu (Kento Yamazaki) as he and his friends discover that they’re trapped in an alternate reality where they are forced to take part in a survival game with their lives at stake. As they journey further into the game, they meet others who are like them—in a nutshell, this is truly the survival of the fittest. If you are fond of Japanese dramas, this will surely raise your standards. It is well-directed and stands out from the usual Japanese adaptations you can expect—if we’re being honest, it is one of the best gripping TV thrillers we’ve seen so far.
We were already enamoured by the visuals from the two-minute trailer. In episode one, the scene of the characters roaming the deserted streets of Shibuya wowed us all. For a city that never sleeps, it was bizarre to see it so isolated. Not only was the cinematography on point, the sound effects were impressive as well. It heightened the tense action scenes and made it even more impactful—certainly a major factor in making the J-drama a success.
On par with its notable graphics, the entire cast was packed with memorable characters that mirrored the distinctive aesthetic in the manga. The acting (from the main to side characters) was superb as the actors managed to convey the psychotic traits of their characters—manifested from the desperation to survive—through the way they spoke and behaved. It genuinely made the post-apocalyptic world seem realistic to an extent.
If you've already caught Sweet Home and want something a little more suspenseful, don't miss Alice in Borderland—it has definitely made its way on our binge-worthy list of movies and TV shows this month. Due to its huge success, Netflix has just announced a second season for the series by posting a brief teaser on YouTube. Now might be the best time to catch up with the hype!
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