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The film is about those who survived in a city that went to ruins after a massive earthquake destroyed all the concrete. Young Tak is a leader who works to protect Hwang Goong Apartment from outsiders. Min Sung is a salaryman who gets chosen to assist Young Tak and becomes increasingly bold as he encounters crises. Myung Hwa is Min Sung’s wife and former nurse, a warm character who cares for those who are hurt in dangerous situations. (Source: Soompi) ~~ Adapted loosely from part 2 of the webtoon “Happy Boy” (유쾌한 왕따) by Kim Soong Nyoong (김숭늉) Edit Translation

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  • magyar / magyar nyelv
  • עברית / עִבְרִית
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  • Country: South Korea
  • Type: Movie
  • Release Date: Aug 9, 2023
  • Duration: 2 hr. 9 min.
  • Score: 7.7 (scored by 2,324 users)
  • Ranked: #4541
  • Popularity: #1740
  • Content Rating: 15+ - Teens 15 or older

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Completed
Anthojay
16 people found this review helpful
Aug 17, 2023
Completed 1
Overall 10
Story 10
Acting/Cast 10
Music 10
Rewatch Value 10

Digging so deep into the humanity hell

The script was able to dissect multiple levels of depth regarding humanity, when there's competition to limited resources, how would humans handle a fair distribution of the wealth, while some are just hoarding resources due to psychological needs just because they can, or those fighting for scattered leftovers who are struggling to survive. When humanity is put into the test, human beings will have to choose between action with conscience, or survival at the cost of moral values. We can't deny that this is the raw human nature no matter how we try to conceal it or constraint it, because we were once a beast that scavenges everything we could to survive this shitty world. The movie has paid an incredible amount of attention to details into this concern, and the post disaster survival theme setting fits right into the situation it needed to achieve such a chilling effect. The cinematography and acting are of course top notch, pacing also helps a lot to hold the storyline together, this is really one of the most ironic dark humor Korean movies ever made.

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Completed
XingBack
10 people found this review helpful
Oct 2, 2023
Completed 2
Overall 9.0
Story 8.0
Acting/Cast 10
Music 7.0
Rewatch Value 1.0
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Movies are built on “what ifs”

Devastating, cruel, heartaching, bleak like a domino effect of misfortune
Just like Saw and The Mist, everything would’ve been better if they worked together
But in this black cold interpretation, one bad choice, one act of unkindness, led to another bigger deeper hole

In ways no one was to blame, he was scammed and he lost everything and then some when the earthquake hit and took his family so all he had left was that empty shell of apartment
They had to kick the intruders cuz they almost killed a person
And with that power came dark responsibilities
He took his anger at the supermarket guy and I think that should’ve been the line
But that was just a spark that made the “outsiders” fear and despise the apartment ppl
For me, the most heartbreaking thing that really made me burst out crying was the “kidney” guy that hid the kids and mom, lose it and killed himself after he saw how the apartment ppl made the others who hid outsiders apologize so cruelly ?
Then it got darker when the “outsiders” attacked and 902 was just really trying to survive and fit the narrative of the apartment ppl, they were the ones who suggested the kicking, he just wanted to grasp and survive
But dang dude went crazy when he threw the kid in the never ending hole but the way he still tried to help the rest and threw the bomb… things were just so grey…
Now minsung and myunghwa should’ve stayed cuz 902 had time to go back to the ninth floor, yet another sad symbolic way of his desperation to grasp at the last thing he “owned”, but in ways minsung was already over his limit when he didn’t help out the ppl cuz he to was just desperate to survive with his wife
And myunghwa needed to go out and show the ironic and simple way ppl beside the “cockroaches” lives, a simple act of coliving and helping each other out
Tho another plot hole was how eventho they always went out to look for food, they rarely met other ppl and never found other survivors in such a big scale
Tho the news about the crazy apartment ppl would surely make ppl try hard not to show themselves

That was honestly beautifully acted tho, every emotion, every devastation was perfectly executed

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  • Movie: Concrete Utopia
  • Country: South Korea
  • Release Date: Aug 9, 2023
  • Duration: 2 hr. 9 min.
  • Content Rating: 15+ - Teens 15 or older

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  • Score: 7.7 (scored by 2,324 users)
  • Ranked: #4541
  • Popularity: #1740
  • Watchers: 8,926

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