Unlocked, a South Korean movie available on Netflix, is partially based on Akira Shiga’s book Sumaho O Otoshita Dake Na No Ni. Kim Tae-joon, who also penned the screenplay, made his directorial debut with the terrifying criminal thriller. The protagonist is Na-Mi, who misplaces her smartphone and later lets a serial murderer have it. He abuses her data by following her around, threatening her, ruining her life, and manipulating her.
Na-Mi must find a means to defend herself after a cruel man suddenly begins to monitor her daily activities and threaten to kill her. Here is a list of suspenseful movies we’ve put together for you to enjoy if you’re already caught up in the drama of this one. Most of these films, including “Unlocked,” are available to stream on Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu.
The protagonist of “Burning,” a South Korean psychological thriller film directed by Lee Chang-dong and originally named “Beoning,” is Jong-su, a budding author. He makes friends with Hae-mi, who subsequently adds an enigmatic man by the name of Ben to the mix after asking for a minor favour. The group enjoys itself up until Jong-su finds out about Ben’s peculiar pastime. The main character, like Na-mi in “Unlocked,” is a straightforward man who must deal with an unusual situation brought on by a person with ulterior goals.
Memories of Murder (2003)
The critically acclaimed Bong Joon-ho directed the crime thriller film “Memories of Murder” (also known as “Salinui Chueok”), which is partially based on the serial killings that occurred in Korea between 1986 and 1991. The story pans to the province of Gyunggi, where two investigators are looking into a string of rapes and killings. However, it isn’t until the third murder that there is significant evidence that aids in the pursuit of the murderer. You really must watch the critically praised “Memories of Murder” if you watched “Unlock” for the serial killer component.
While on vacation in Colombia, June’s mother vanishes, but she is prevented from looking into the matter because of international borders and other issues. However, this doesn’t deter the anxious daughter from using her phone, computer, and other cutting-edge technologies to locate her mother. When there are more questions than there are answers, her search soon comes to an end and she finds her mother was never who she claimed to be.
Will Merrick and Nick Johnson, who wrote and directed the thriller “Missing,” deftly develop the plot in preparation for the shocking conclusion! Similar to how technology is used in “Unlocked,” “Missing” shows how it may be used or abused as a tool to have access to all the information.
One Missed Call (2003)
A group of teenagers hear voicemails from themselves in the future that contain the precise date and time of their deaths as they were passing away. Only a few of them survive as they pass away one by one in the strangest ways. The group now has to figure out how to stop this paranormal entity from harming them further or killing their life.
The Japanese horror film directed by Takashi Miike, Chakushin Ari, also known as “One Missed Call,” is based on the Yasushi Akimoto novel of the same name. Even “One Missed Call” shows how technology may be hacked and used in unspeakable ways to kill a person, as seen in “Unlocked.”
Phantom Detective (2016)
The South Korean action comedy movie “Phantom Detective” (also known as “Tamjung Hong Gil-dong: Sarajin ma-eul”) was written and directed by Jo Sung-hee. It centres on Hong Gil-dong, a private investigator out for his mother’s murder. He soon learns the man’s identity and begins to look for him. The young detective learns all of a sudden that the cult leader is the guilty party, a slightly bigger fish than he was prepared to catch. If you liked the intellectual aspects of “Unlocked,” you’ll love what “Phantom Detective” has to offer.
Stolen Identity (2018)
The novel by Akira Shiga that served as the basis for “Unlocked” is first adapted in the film “Stolen Identity” (also known as “Sumaho O Otoshita Dake Na No Ni”). As a result, there are numerous similarities between the two films. After losing his phone for a few days, Asami’s boyfriend receives it from a total stranger. But since then, she has started getting notices about unauthorised credit card payments, and her social media information has been made public. There is a continuing investigation into a series of killings in the isolated mountains while her life is running out. The closest thing you could watch to “Unlocked” is the mystery-thriller film directed by Hideo Nakata. It is at the top of this list specifically for that reason.
The Call (2020)
During a phone call, two women become friends only to discover that their timelines are different. They are conversing about a different era while in the same home, and this chat changes the direction of their lives forever. The Call, commonly known as “Kol,” is a memorable mystery-thriller film that will leave a lasting impact, directed and written by Lee Chung-hyun. After misplacing their smartphones in both movies, the women make a phone connection with an enigma, which marks the dramatic turning point in each of their narratives.
The Chaser (2008)
The horrifying deeds of actual serial killer Yoo Young-Chul served as the basis for the film “The Chaser.” Na Hong-jin, the director and co-writer of the South Korean action thriller, gives full honour to the genuine crime genre combined with fictitious elements. The main character of the film is a former police officer who now runs a prostitution ring. However, a serial killer who targets prostitutes is on the loose, endangering his livelihood. The film, also known as “Chugyeokja,” is comparable to “Unlocked” since it features a creepy serial murderer who makes you feel “gross” every time he shows up.
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