Alienoid

    Alienoid
    2022

    Synopsis

    Gurus in the late Goryeo dynasty try to obtain a fabled, holy sword, and humans in 2022 hunt down an alien prisoner that is locked in a human's body. The two parties cross paths when a time-traveling portal opens up.

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    Cast

    • Ryu Jun-yeolMuruk
    • Kim Woo-binGuard / Thunder
    • Kim Tae-riEan
    • So Ji-subMoon Do-seok
    • Yum Jung-ahMadam Black
    • Jo Woo-jinMr. Blue
    • Kim Eui-sungJajang / Doctor
    • Lee Ha-neeMin Gaelin
    • Shin Jung-keunRight Paw
    • Lee Si-hoonLeft Paw

    Recommendations

    • 80

      The New York Times

      The movie is bursting at the seams, as if Choi, in his first outing since the 2015 historical action drama “Assassination,” was drunk on pure filmmaking pleasure and threw every cinematic genre into a gigantic blender.
    • 75

      RogerEbert.com

      The sheer too-much-ness of Alienoid could have easily been wearying, given its many tangents and supporting characters. Thankfully, writer/director Choi Dong-hoon confirms his hitmaker reputation by balancing over-inflated set pieces with disarming screwball comedy and delightful character actor performances.
    • 60

      Screen Rant

      The story is very high concept and the tone is completely aware of itself, leading to a truly enjoyable experience
    • 50

      Movie Nation

      It’s all eye candy and spectacle, all a bit much and pointlessly hard to follow. But make no mistake, this is something to see, even if making sense of it can feel more trouble than it’s worth.
    • 40

      Austin Chronicle

      Alienoid is so big in its ambition that it rarely coheres, and sequences in each time period go on for so long that the other era, and all its characters, fall away. But the characters are overwhelmingly entertaining, most especially Jo and Yum as the hapless monster hunters who are promised much bigger things if Part 2 ever happens.
    • 30

      Screen Daily

      Hamstrung by lumbering plotting and variable special effects, this first part is an unimaginative hodgepodge which leaves its well-assembled cast stranded across time and space.
    • 25

      Collider

      Alienoid is a movie that wants to be everything and satisfy everyone, and when you try to satisfy everyone, you invariably end up satisfying no one.