Despite the influx of apocalyptic content that's been gracing our screens lately, we'll admit, we can't resist a thought-provoking disaster-thriller that explores society's deepest flaws.
Allow us to introduce Concrete Utopia, which premiered at this year's Toronto International Film Festival. Directed by Um Tae-hwa, it revolves around the survivors of a deadly earthquake that occurred in Seoul. With one upscale apartment complex left standing in the rubble, they all seek shelter in the building. But as time goes on and resources dwindle—with no rescue teams in sight—the residents elect a new leader and vote to evict the outsiders. Naturally, chaos ensues as the tenants fight to survive and "protect" their building.
Although most disaster films are driven by spectacle, Concrete Utopia takes a slightly different approach by offering a more intimate look at the characters in the complex. They're layered and flawed and faced with impossible circumstances. And it's through their stories that Tae-hwa sheds light on the darker side of human nature.