5 movies to watch if you liked squid games

Netflix’s Play squid has set the world on fire since its debut and we have five movies you can watch if you liked it. The slightly dystopian, cynical-but hopeful Korean thriller series follows a group of people as they compete in deadly games for a huge cash prize. The source of many meme and Halloween costumes this year, Play squid is the most watched program in Netflix history, generating over $ 900 million in value for the streaming giant, and with good reason. With so many lovable characters to rummage through, and ongoing nail-biting sequences that made viewers struggle to lift their jaws off the floor, it’s no surprise how fast Play squid dominated not only the national conversation but also the worldwide spirit of the times.

Play squid had been in some form of development for ten years, and when it finally hit our screens, it exposed a nerve culturally and socially. Its commentary on 1% and its treatment of the rest of us exceeded language barriers and boundaries, whether viewers around the world decided to watch it with subtitles or dubbed, it did not matter. What is clear is that in our global society, the longing for quality storytelling and engaging characters trumps everything; and if you completed section 9 of Play squid feel like more, here are 5 movies to watch next time. While Play squid was a series, you might be looking for something a little more airy and finished in one, and boy are there some options for you to choose from. Some of them may be familiar, some of them may not, and some of them you may raise an eyebrow at, but they are all worthy suggestions when you consider the mood that Play squid has posted.

Battle Royale

Battle Royale

Battle Royale was a game-changer at its release in 2000. The Japanese thriller presents a – say it with me now – dystopian future in which a totalitarian government seeks to curb youth rebellion by sending random 9th graders to an island to fight to the death , giving the last survivor the opportunity to leave the island. If there is more than one survivor, the explosive collars fitted around their necks detonate, killing them all.

The controversial film was based on an equally controversial novel and met its fair share of heat from the Japanese government (which tried to get it banned) and the media. Those who criticize Battle Royale however, misses the point with it; it’s not a tantalizing exercise in watching teenagers kill each other; it is a warning of how far a totalitarian government can go in this time if no one steps forward to stop them.

The beauty of Battle Royale is the way it converts related high school cliques into a tribal survival tactic. Would the strange girl no one really talks about be a help or an obstacle? Should the cool kids take care of your back in exchange for your food? Will the wise children all find a way out of this? Battle Royale is a great (and yes, very violent) movie that like it Play squid series, asks a lot of difficult questions to both its characters and its audience. You also get a wonderful performance from Takeshi Kitano, as the teacher who became an exercise instructor, forcing the teens to fight. 10/10 recommended.

The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games served as an introduction to the dystopian-games-that-results-in-death subgenre for the majority of the Western world’s teenage population. Based on the popular book series by Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games is like an Americanized version of Battle Royale. A post-war United States taking place in the near future is divided into 12 districts, arranged according to prosperity and trade, with the Capitol ruling over them all. In the 70-odd years after a major uprising, the Capitol punishes and reminds the districts of their place with a tournament to the death. Each district is required to give two “tributes,” a boy and a girl, to the death contest known as The Hunger Games.

Jennifer Lawrence apparently rose to stardom here and played the former Katniss Everdeen, comfortably adept with bow and arrow. The Hunger Games franchise covers four films showing Katniss’ transformation from rebellious participant to revolutionary figure. The parallels between this and Play squid is obvious how many of the tributes here are as poor and deficient as the participants in Play squid. It’s a bit clean, but an entertaining franchise that asks some important questions about society and the role of management. Definitely worth seeing again if you are still hungry (sorry) for more content like Play squid.

The Belko experiment

Produced / written by fan favorite James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy, The suicide group) and directed by Greg McLean’s skilled hands (Wolf Creek), this funny, cynical horror thriller from 2016 describes itself as Office space meetings Battle Royale… And it’s fun as that concept sounds. The film follows eighty Americans trapped in their high-rise office building and instructed in killing each other; if they do not play, they die.

Quite underrated after the release, and to this day (with a 40% rotten audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes), there is a lot of fun to be had here – don’t let the 40% rotten rating fool you. John C. McGinley and Tony Goldwyn are excellent when middle management went crazy, and John Gallagher Jr. is a sympathetic protagonist who tries to prevent his colleagues from playing the sick game. Gunn’s regulars Sean Gunn, Michael Rooker and David Dastmalchian are also on the tour, providing fun comic pages.

The experiment / game of death has obvious similarities Play squid, and gives a rather disparaging accusation against the corporate culture of the 21st century, which can often feel like killing or being killed – just as the barbs thrown at the class structure in Korea in Play squid. Check it out if you liked the latter, as this writer thinks time will be good courage The Belko experiment.


2016 was a good year for films about people who were forced to participate in deadly games against their will. Nerve, starring Emma Roberts and Dave Franco, revolves around an app where players can choose to participate in increasingly dangerous and illegal “daring”. Roberts plays Vee, a girl who is encouraged by her friends to live life a little more fully by participating in the game. She meets another contestant, Ian (Franco), and they spend the night running / driving around Manhattan, forced into increasingly life-threatening daring and challenges by ‘Watchers’. It’s entertaining and airy 96 minutes and has all the deadly game vibes you loved Play squid.

I saw the Devil

I saw the devil Lee Byung-hun

If you’re looking for a little more Lee Byung-she action in your life after his role in Play squid, look no further than I saw the Devil. The story of a trained secret agent whose wife is murdered by a serial killer, I saw the Devil shows a man’s absolute lineage when he goes to extreme ends to get revenge. A deadly cat-and-mouse game ensues, and I saw the Devil gives a visceral account of one monster going after another. Fans will find shades of Byung-hun’s character in Play squid here and vice versa, making this a go-to for a movie you might love if you liked Play squid. Be warned though; I saw the Devil are not for the faint of heart.

Which movies do you recommend for Play squid fans?

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