Noob Reviews: Sweet Home (Season 01)
Please be advised that during the review, I have tried to avoid a lot of spoilers. However, there may still be a few included helping explain specific points.
What is Sweet Home?
Released only a few weeks ago as a Netflix original production. Sweet Home is a South Korean apocalyptic horror that finds the residents of an apartment building fighting to survive against a horde of monsters. Monsters both assaulting their apartment building from outside and invading from within as people begin to turn, taking on a physical incarnation of their deepest darkest desires if they are infected by a monster. For the infections, think zombies with the usual getting bitten, scratched or transfer of fluids dooming the recipient.
Unfortunately for the apartment building residents, there are very few survivors beyond their apartment building that have been able to fight off the monsters' sudden attack, so no one is coming to their aid any time soon. Those who have survived may be willing to offer help, but only if it allows them to progress their own mysterious (and often sinister) goals.
In case Sweet Home sounds familiar, I should just mention that it is also adapted from a top-rated webtoon series by the same name.
When was the first season of Sweet Home released?
The first season of Sweet Home was released in December 2020.
How many episodes are there?
The first season of Sweet Home comprises ten episodes, each having an average runtime of fifty minutes.
Has a second season been confirmed?
At the moment, there has been no official mention of any additional seasons been commissioned by Netflix.
Do you have a trailer to show us?
- The official trailer linked from Netflix's YouTube channel -
Alternatively, you can also find Sweet Home's first season on Netflix here.
Who are some of the actors and actresses that we might know?
Kim Nam-hee (Jung Jae-heon)
Lee Jin-wook (Pyeon Sang-wook)
Lee Si-young (Seo Yi-kyeong)
Song Kang (Cha Hyun-su)
Woo Hyun (Kim Suk-hyun)
For a full cast listing, please see the official IMDB page here.
What did you think of the first season of Sweet Home?
One of the most noticeable aspects of the trailer for Sweet Home is the monsters themselves; they look so realistic and so well designed, which lured me into watching Sweet Home for the first time. However, when succumbing to curiosity, sitting back and putting the first episode on - I soon found time passing me by hour after hour as I sat and binge-watched my way through Sweet Home. It was just that addictive.
As I have already mentioned the monster above a little, I will begin with the graphics, effects and choreography. Each aspect is executed so well, with the fight scenes appearing to pull no punches. The parkour scenes and stunts are carried out flawlessly. And the effects that bring to life the various monsters are just so beautifully crafted and worked into their surroundings so realistically. I could not fault any of the elements at all.
At first, I was a bit dubious when it comes to the story as I believed Sweet Home would be a South Korean version of Attack the Block, in which aliens attack a council estate in London. Although there are some very familiar vibes between Attack the Block and Sweet Home - I would have to say Sweet Home goes to great lengths to make itself stand out from anything similar. With a well written and engaging story, in-depth and surgically delivered character arcs and many subplots playing out in the main events' background. There is never a dull moment, and barely any pause for thought before the next catastrophe begins to unfold. Also, because many human interest stories and relationships start developing throughout the episodes, you can really feel a connection and genuine interest in many of the characters and their fate. For example, I felt an almost seething dislike for the manipulative, wife-beating little tyrant Kim Suk-hyun who played such a dislikeable and vile character so well. Pyeon Sang-wook, as the quiet, brooding vigilante, was one of my favourite characters throughout - especially as he begins to walk a path of redemption. And Seo Yi-kyeong, who begins to play a more significant part in the series as the story unfolds, was the tip of the spear for many episodes, becoming a formidable and creative heroine who can hold her own against monsters and armed militants alike.
In short, the acting by both the primary and supporting cast was extraordinary, and the whole cast went the extra mile to build an immersive and consuming world that just dragged you and kept you wanting more.
Throughout the various visits with the apartment building residents, not only do we have a look at the character's histories before the monster outbreak. But we also see the current events playing out from multiple perspectives of various people. We see those stepping up to defend and help others. We see the selfish and the greedy of the residents prey on the fearful. And we see secretive military elements seeking to weaponise the monsters in the future for their own nefarious projects. No matter what you are looking for, whether it be action, adventure, horror or human interest stories - there is so much on offer in Sweet Home that I can highly recommend it to anyone as worth a watch. And with it being available in both it's original South Korean audio with English subtitles and English dubbed audio, it is accessible to everyone no matter how you want to watch it.
What rating would you give the first season of Sweet Home?
I would rate the first season of Sweet Home as a phenomenal 4.8 out of 5 bananas.
With a fascinating delve into a monster infected modern-day South Korea, we are taken on a roller coaster of emotions, interactions and fights that will engage the senses, stir your emotions and move you on a level you never know a show could. Whether you be pro villain, pro survivor or just curious to see how everyone's arc plays out - Sweet Home does not fail to deliver an exceptionally high entertainment value. Although there has been no official mention yet, I am already awaiting the second season and really hope it is commissioned soon. Until then, I'll just have to be content with the webtoon series to see how that develops.
Thank you very much for checking out the review. If you are interested in Sweet Home and would like to check it out yourself, to form your own opinion - you can find the series on Netflix here.