Movie Review: Train to Busan (2016)

Train to Busan, also known under it’s Revised Romanisation name Busanhaeng, is a 2016 South Korean horror movie, directed by Yeon Sang-ho. Seok-Woo (Goon Yoo) is constantly busy as a fund manager, and generally not a very good father to Su-an (Kim Su-an). For her birthday, Seok-Woo promises to take Su-an to the city of Busan to be with her mother, his ex-wife. They board a train, where other passengers include Sang-hwa (Ma Dong-seok) and his heavily pregnant wife, Seong-kyeong (Sang-hwa), and selfish COO Yon-suk (Kim Eui-sung), but unbeknownst to them all, a girl with a mysterious bite mark on her leg has just made the train before the doors close.

+ Kim Su-an, as the daughter Su-an, was a really good character, and her acting was superb throughout, but the MVP of the movie has to be the husband, Sang-hwa. Every scene he was in, particularly when zombies were involved, was a highlight
+ there is a small, unique twist on the way these zombies work. For the most part, however, they are they new, Dawn of the Dead remake/World War Z fast, twitching zombies. As with most zombie movies these days, it is not the zombies themselves that are the scary part of the movie. It is the way the world/people in general react to their appearance

– people are dumb. I get frustrated watching zombie movies, because too often characters walk backwards into rooms they have not checked, or simply don’t check behind themselves. Similarly, there is rarely, if ever, a reason NOT to disclose yourself getting a bite, and seriously: don’t trip over! It’s not hard
– I’m not sure what sort of rating system Korea has for their movies, but the threat of Su-an being zombified is somewhat mitigated by there not being any zombie children, or seeing any children pre-zombification

The zombies in Train to Busan flow like water over each other, similar to the monsters in World War Z.

> it is funny that people in zombie movies have never seen zombie movies, even when the word ‘zombie’ is used. A few times character show that they now headshots will kill, but that is never really used by the train passengers

Should you see this film: This could almost have been a comparison piece to World War Z, with the way the zombies work, but this was a million times better than that film. Scary moments, fantastic acting, and a cast you will definitely grow to care for make this well worth watching.


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