Alienoid is a 2022 South Korean sci-fi action film about aliens that live incognito on Earth and a time portal between now and the year 1391.
Written and directed by Choi Dong-hoon (The Big Swindle; Tazza: The High Rollers; Jeon Woochi; The Thieves; The Little Penguin Pororo’s Racing Adventure Assassination; Wiretap).
The Caper Film production stars Ryu Jun-yeol, Kim Tae-ri, Kim Woo-bin, So Ji-seob, Yum Jung-ah, Kim Eui-eung, Lee Ha-nee and Jo Woo-jin.
For ages, aliens have locked up their prisoners in humans’ bodies. In the year 2022, Guard (Kim Woo-bin) and Thunder live on Earth, managing alien prisoners who have been locked up in humans’ brains.
One day, a spacecraft appears in the sky over Seoul, and the police detective Moon (So Ji-sub) witnesses a strange sight… Those who pursue alien prisoners locked in human bodies in the year 2022, and the sorcerers who pursue the legendary Divine Blade in the year 1391… When the door of time opens, everything becomes entangled!
“Alienoid is easily some of the best sci-fi I’ve seen all year. On paper, the film seems too packed to succeed. It has a large cast, different genres, weird tentacle alien things, a story that spans multiple timelines, and a lot of sci-fi elements that should take a lot to explain. However, every single part of Alienoid is a stunning feat of genre love that can’t be beaten.” 8.5 out of 10, But Why Tho?
” …Alienoid is a movie that doesn’t know what it wants to be. When it actually nestles itself into a genre it’s a fun romp, but before you can get your bearings you’re thrown into another story. It actually helps that you can see the twist coming miles away because it helps you put the pieces of disparate elements together. It is very clear that Choi was swinging for the fences with this one…” Collider
” …it looks and feels insignificant and unimaginative. Sure, this is supposed to be a grand and ambitious mix of SF, fantasy, action, and comedy, but it does not succeed at anything while merely trudging from one narrative point to another without any ounce of genuine inspiration or imagination, and the result is one of the most tedious movie experiences of this summer.” Seongyong’s Private Place
“The technology from Alienoid’s science fiction plot doesn’t always integrate very well with the sorcery of its martial arts fantasy timeline […] Despite its flaws, Alienoid is a fun film to watch and should look even more impressive if you get to see it on the big screen. There’s more than enough going on to keep you occupied, just don’t think about it too much.” 3.5 out of 5, Voices from the Balcony
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