Alrighty! Time for another full-on post in my Halloween series!
This time around I decided take the sci-fi route. Going with something little quirky, a little odd, and a little bit on the strange side.
It has abductions, torture, investigations, alien conspiracies, wild accusations, and a high wire act.
I shit you not!
It actually has a high wire act!
And before you ask without having reading the heading; No! It is not “Plan 9 From Outerspace”. I don’t own a copy of that film let alone have had the opportunity to have seen it.
I was going to do John Carpenter’s “They Live” (I’m here to kickass and chew bubblegum! And I’m all out of bubblegum!), but since this series of posts is about the movies I physically own I cannot do “They Live” since I do not own a copy (Yet!).
Without further delay I give you…
Save The Green Planet!
Before I get to the synopsis, I have to admit that I am so grounded. How did I forget to write about this one? And it is one of my many favorites to come out of South Korea! The reason I watch so much South Korean films (Although the honor for the gateway to South Korean media goes to Dae Jang Geum. AKA Jewel In The Palace) before I even touched the mighty Vengeance Trilogy, which I also forgot to write about (I seriously searched my own blog)! I am seriously grounding myself!
Heretic! Go to your…
Oh wait! Ummm……..nevermind!
On to the synopsis.
A bee-keeper (Just stick with me on this!) kidnaps his former boss with the help of his girlfriend, believing that the company head is an alien sent down to destroy mankind.
There is a reason I did the synopsis this way. I really do not want to ruin it for anyone who has not seen it.
You know you are definitely in for one hell of a ride when a movie starts with a spoken line,
“You probably think I’m crazy.”
And then segues into the title sequence with a punk rock version of “Somewhere Over The Rainbow”. Although the song tends to be a leitmotif later on in the movie.
“Save The Green Planet!” is part comedy, part thriller, part horror, and part sci-fi. Although it might take a few watchings to understand a bit of the humor once you understand the nuances the movie utilizes. You could have someone explain it to you, but you would be better off watching it a few times get accustomed to its mannerisms. It is like when a friend is messing with you by telling you something completely outlandish with a serious face in front of you, but must try to contain their laughter when you look away. That isn’t to say that the movie is total comedy all of the way through. Although the cover above is very deceiving.
You aren’t hit completely with movie’s science fiction theme until later in the movie, but it definitely works to the film’s advantage. Especially when the plot’s overall truth is inevitably revealed. But if the alien conspiracy folks might ever be right about the whole “aliens living and walking among us” it might be a good idea, after seeing this movie, to not even bother with kidnapping, torturing, and interrogating them, especially with how this particular movie ends. Just a thought.
This movie is just so out there! I love it! I’ve seen some pretty brutal torture scenes in a lot of films, horror and otherwise, but as for sheer insanity this movie wins hands down. It definitely keeps you on your toes, especially the scene where the antagonist prepares a certain torture device that will make it very uncomfortable to sit down for a long while.
Besides the very intense horror/thriller moments of the movie there are some rather soft and pretty sad moments too, especially when the things that have been hiding on the surface are finally revealed. I have actually touched a bit on this in other posts when it comes to South Korea’s approach to most comedies, but also extends to their horror and thriller movies. You aren’t really going to find a complete sociopath without some underlying reason for why he kills. Also like the other South Korean films in the same genre, they do have a bit of the grit and feel of the old 1980’s (maybe earlier too) movies, even if they are a bit more modern, which I feel current Hollywood has been completely lacking. Even if there is CGI is kept to a minimum, provided a movie has any.
The character I feel bad for the most in “Save The Green Planet!” is the antagonist’s girlfriend. She pretty much gets the shit end of the stick.
The movie definitely has an underlying pessimistic point of view about humanity. It is a very strong and poignant message the film has, but not one that is revealed right away nor completely tries to beat you over the head with.
Just don’t stand next to Earth, he seems to have acquired a taste for ground human.
You know that scene in “Beetlejuice” when Michael Keaton says “I’ve seen ‘The Exorcist” about 167 times! AND IT KEEPS GETTING FUNNIER EVERY TIME I SEE IT!”? That is pretty much how I feel about “Save The Green Planet!” and how much I like the movie. Although I have a movie that is much weirder than this one, but that is reserved for later down the road in this series.
So that is all for this post. Hopefully whoever is reading these are enjoying them.
By the way!
Hey South Korea!
Is there any way I could get one of those awesome hats from the movie? They kick ass! I can make the rest of the costume myself.