sorry for the mistakes
Another bold Korean shot that will perhaps surprise those who have lost
a lot of years of visual arts. From there, it is known, for a long time
they have loved to amaze, to go further. And so, after the success of
"Squid Game" comes "Hellbound" which perhaps also thanks to the tow of
the Hwang Dong-hyuk series or thanks to the attention that the audience
has at the moment towards South Korea, has obtained a good success,
despite being a darker and more horror series.
Behind Hellbound we find Yeon Sang-ho ("Train to Busan" and
"Peninsula") who takes us to a series based on a disturbing webtoon,
manga that can be read online (genre I just discovered), by Choi
Gyuseok and Yeon Sangho.
A manga structure that the director fully respects, concentrating
everything without wasting time in just six episodes of about an hour.
“Hellbound” behind its horror structure, hides a series of
criticisms that are generally more international than the (excellent)
but more local ones of “Squid Game”. Fanaticism, religion,
the media and a caste of people above others.
The central element is fire, which, as Saint Augustine said,
"purifies", which arrives here due to three monsters made of ashes that
appear and pulverize poor unfortunates who received a sentence days or
The phenomenon for a charismatic young man named Jeong Jin-soo would be
the work of God who, through these angels, wants to redeem sinners. The
same young man founds a new religion "New Truth Society" which soon
gathers fanatical adepts who through a parallel organization the
"Arrowheads" commits violence against unbelievers. At the same time,
the media are also ready to take advantage of the event of these
performances, broadcasting the live broadcasts complete with a live
However, a group of people begin to doubt the divine provenance of
these "angels" and of course the goodness of the "New Truth Society".
A compelling and tense story, which in the first three episodes sees as
the protagonist a police inspector who investigates the events and who
in the remaining episodes shifts the focus, in an original and
unsettling way, to a couple whose new-born son has been sentenced.
"Hellbound" is a well done series and dark at the right point. The
cliffhanger at the end of the last episode bodes well for a new season.