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Synopsis – The Host (Gwoemul)

Warning: This synopsis reveals the plot in full, including the ending.

The Host (Gwoenmul) directed by Bong Joon-ho
The Host

Korea, the year 2000. An american scientist works in a laboratory with his Korean assistant. They dispose of dangerous chemical waste into the Han River. An amphibious creature is sighted in the river years later.

Korea, 2006. Gang-du, a fast food shack owner is delivering food with his daughter Hyun-seo, when a gigantic amphibious creature emerges from the river attacking and eating people. When trying to escape, the monster grabs his daughter and disappears in the water. The gobernment issues a communicate explaining that the monster is also carrying a deadly unknown virus and that came in contact everyone must be tested. While quarantined at the hospital, Gang-du  receives a call from his daughter. She is alive somewhere in the sewers where the creature built a nest. Against all odds, he is able to track down the location of the call and rescue his daughter, who has also helped See-joo, a small boy escape. In the process of escaping, Gang-du’s daughter dies trying to save the boy.

After the creature has been killed, Gang-du adopts See-joo.


Synopsis: High-Rise

High-Rise, directed by Ben Wheatley

Warning: This synopsis reveals the plot in full, including the ending.

Dr Robert Laing moves into a luxurious tower block. The building’s structure reflects social status, as the residents in the lower floors are middle-class and the residents in the higher floors are high-class. The very top floor is owned by Anthony Royal, the owner and architect of the building. The residents of the tower socialise with others from their own floors, reinforcing the concept of class division, but after a complete power failure chaos ensues. The residents adopt tribe-like behaviour and parties are held in the hallways of the high-rise. The tension between classes escalates, people are beat-up, killed or forced into becoming maids.

Laing makes it to the top floor and has dinner with Royal, where the architect argues that the events that are currently taking place in the high-rise will ultimately lead to improvements at the newer buildings still under construction. Royal is shot and more people are killed.

Life in the high-rise has now become normal. Anarchy and chaos reign supreme.

Synopsis: Kill List

Warning: This synopsis reveals the plot in full, including the ending.

Kill List Ben Wheatley
Kill List

Jay, who lives with his wife Shel and young son, has not worked since a traumatic mission as a hitman in Kiev. Attempting to escape a stale relationship with her husband, Shel invites Gal, Jay’s partner from his hitman days and his new girlfriend Fiona to a dinner party. Gal convinces him to work  on a new mission to kill three targets. Fiona goes to the toilet and carves a cultist symbol behind their mirror.

The first and second targets seem to recognise Jay and are grateful to be killed by him. The third target is an MP who is tracked down at his mansion. There, they witness a human sacrifice ceremony in which Jay opens fire. The cultists kill Gal and capture Jay, forcing him to fight a hunchback. Once he kills him, he removes the disguise and discovers that it was in fact his wife and son tied to her back. The cultists crown Jay as he loses his sanity.

Kill List – Directed by Ben Wheatley.