Hellbound Review: It has a good premise, but struggles with execution

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Hellbound Review

Real-life experiences with angels and demons are always interesting horror food. But this one takes a slightly different approach to the subject. After a successful train to Busan.’

The director Ion Sang-ho adapted. In his web cartoon “Hell” (지옥) in a series for Netflix. In the first three episodes reviewed. Hellbound adapts a web of ghost cartoons into ghost stories for real demons who land in central South Korea.

The series begins with a literal explosion.

A nervous man is sitting in a coffee shop, shivering, looking at his watch on his cell phone. After a while, Darkseid, Steppenwolf, and Apokolips just for fun. Just a few demons from Hell who look like old friends fall on him and push the dark juice into Hell.

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With evidence of Hell and the consequences of heaven and God. The residents pursued this phenomenon and discussed the futility of a police investigation of a murderer from another world.

Jin Kyung-Hong (Yang Ik-Jun) investigates the mysterious death. At the same time, he manages to recover from the murder of his late wife. And his daughter seems to have joined a strange cult under the leadership of Jung Jin-soo (Yoo Ah-in).

The mysterious leader has a real black and white vision of morality and believes that sinners will be thrown into Hell. He brought together worshipers who had gathered to see the death of these sinners. And to prove to the world that the divine was true.

Staying close to what happened to an alleged religious cult. Detectives find themselves in an awkward position. When a woman demands proof that warned her would soon drag her to Hell. A team is sent to protect his children when he pays large sums of money to show his punishment. Faith is challenged and sin overcome as everyone watches the ticking clock of death.

Even though Hellbound is outside of Korea:

There are some elements reminiscent of J-Horror. Primarily a “_ day” countdown clock that reminds me of Ringu and missed calls.

In addition, he provokes the “Missed Conversation” Takashi Miik with the bombastic nature of the “meeting to witness the death of a woman by a demon”. The boldness of the characters in the scene is shameful and scary, and it reminds me of Mike calling out our worst traits to want to witness the pain.

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Hellbound does an exciting job considering the internet age and responding to this type of spiritual death. Somehow he felt like a party gathered to see Joan of Arc burning at stake. This time with cameras and a preliminary online poll. Internet threats are also anticipated when anonymous streamers collect tables. For the Arrowhead group and reveal personal information that harms victims. Nothing in this series is subtle. But it carefully hides that this is a modern narrative of a nation’s public fears.

“Hell is sometimes very gentle, slows down and is the result of quiet moments”

The tone of the show is really spooky and very soft. Massive giant beasts stormed the city, splashing blood on cars locked in cars, black light and neon paint created streaming scenes and floating faces terrorized ordinary people.

But Hellbound is at times very subtle, slowing down and rewarding quiet moments with grieving and confused characters wondering why they were targeted and struggling with morale and death. Taken together, these make for an emotional tale of good and evil, ethical mysteries and religious holiness that goes beyond the fiery death of a nameless criminal.

The first three episodes show enough concept maps to make sure you want to come back for more. A significant turnaround is spared for the planned bond, but that remains unknown.

What interests me as an audience is the exaggerated jumps that hint at a religion developing in modern times. It’s uniquely puzzling how the series thinks of magic in 2021. The kind of reaction that can fly out of the ashes is watery stuff that I can’t see in the next episode.

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The director of Train to Busan has turned his web cartoons into harrowing tales of good and evil, themed on the empirical manifestations of religion in the Internet age.

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