Train to Busan

A workaholic stockbroker and his young daughter are trapped on a train at the beginning of a zombie virus outbreak in South Korea.

Seek-Woo is not the best father. He loves his daughter but he is consumed by his work as a fund manager. His wife left him and his relationship with his little girl, Soo-An, is frayed at best. When Soo-An decides she has had enough of her father’s lame attempts at being a dad, she requests a trip to visit her mother in Busan. Seek-Woo reluctantly Agrees to accompany her on the train. The TV news monitors on board the train begin showing news reports of chaotic, outrageous violence around the country and they soon discover the train is no safer than anywhere else.

It seems like everyone with a blog has reviewed this movie. That is why there won’t be any promotion for this particular review on Twitter 🙂  . That said, this is one of the best horror films to come along in a while. Even if you are not a fan of zombies, it is worth a look.  In most zombie films, we only see the aftermath. Train to Busan gives us a glimpse of the first cases during the outbreak. The characters are well-developed in a short time. Some are likeable and others are truly despicable. The attacks are intense and the overall premise is interesting.

Train to Busan is not just a horror movie about zombies; it asks us what we would do in  a particular situation. If you are old enough, you might remember the amazing “choose your own adventure” book series, in which the reader made choices for the main character. How many times did your decision get you killed? The characters in Train to Busan must make difficult decisions that could mean the death of strangers, people they care about or especially themselves. We are placed in that position with them and forced to think about how we might react in the same situation. Would we help others or turn our backs on them? Who is more dangerous? The infected or those who remain?

The story is original and well-acted. Perhaps we could have used a little more background on the cause of the virus but it really does not even matter. The only thing that matters is survival.

2016- South Korea

Originality 9

Acting/Script 9

Plot 9

Appropriate gore 10

Production Value 10

Final Cut Score. 47. (94%)

Side note: Do not be afraid of subtitles. Foreign films rarely have nearly as much dialogue as you might think. Before long, you forget you are reading anything at all. Give them a chance and you will find a whole new world of movies to explore. –Rick





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