Train to Busan is what happens when a Korean screenwriter watches 28 Days Later and Snowpiercer in one day… and they happen to be a genius.
The film follows Seok-woo, a fund manager who takes his (often neglected) young daughter to Busan to see her mother (his ex-wife). But almost as soon as the journey to Busan begins, a zombie outbreak occurs all over Korea as well as inside the train, where strangers must rely on each other’s help as well as their own luck in order to survive the majority of passengers who’ve become superfast, superstrong and super-dumb cannibals.
Train to Busan does for zombie films what Unforgiven seemingly did for the western, it’s perfected the genre as a way of putting a cap on the faded trend.
Since 2004’s Shaun of the Dead, the zombie genre hasn’t produced anything to bring us that horrific sensation the genre originally proposed. The whole trend has been slowly but surely dying out —Zombieland was good but it wasn’t great– and just like the spaghetti western and the creature feature, it will soon be a distant memory… and Train to Busan is here to say goodbye in nearly perfected fashion.
Action films are supposed to keep you on the edge of your seat as horror films are supposed to make you feel a sense of fear and Train to Busan manages to do both of these in spectacular execution as I was constantly on the edge of my seat in fear.
I don’t want to spoil too much of this film’s plot as it is best experienced in the cinema but I will say that if you watch Train to Busan;
You will be on the edge of your seat. You will cheer for one of the biggest badasses to ever smash the celluloid print. You will feel nothing but burning hatred for one of the worst bastards to slither into a movie and based on my experience, you will be encapsulated by one of the best zombie films ever put to screen.
Train to Busan is a rapidly moving, furiously heart-pumping, horrific joyride which grabs you by the throat and doesn’t let go until hours after the credits.
With fantastic direction, a spot-on screenplay, great characters and an ever-present message on the class system and what pain comes from it, Train to Busan has many reasons to be my favourite film of the year… so far…
What did you think of Train to Busan? Have you ever taken a train to Busan? Was it as hectic as this?
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