Train to Busan is a South Korean horror film about zombies on a train. The train’s departure from its station of origin coincides with the onset of a zombie outbreak. The train crew and passengers are oblivious until they begin to learn about what is going on outside as they are experiencing it on the train. The train cannot stop because the zombie outbreaks are rampant and spreading. There are zombie outbreaks at every station and in every town in between each station. Busan, the last stop on the train, is the only place that may be safe. Or is it?
Well scripted and directed (by Sang-ho Yeon), well choreographed, and well shot with plenty of zombie action, Train to Busan stars Yoo Gong and Soo‑an Kim as father and daughter travelling to visit the child’s mother. He is a father so disconnected from his little girl (for several reasons), he buys her a Wii for her birthday when she already has one in plain site in her bedroom. Along the way they pick up allies in the fight against these zombies, which seem to be everywhere. Throughout the crisis, the father and daughter learn just how much this little girl means to him and what he is willing to do for her and the daughter teaches her father to care about others for once in his selfish life.
The characters are fleshed out enough for you to actually root for some of them to live, and you will very nearly cheer when some die. The zombies are not the only bad guys in the film. There are a number of people who are turned by the zombies and you don’t really mind it so much when the zombies get them. There are heroes and villains, and the usual heroes’ assistants and the jerks who rally behind the villains. This movie does a good job at capturing all the human responses to crisis: the suspicion; the distrust; the mob mentality; the competition for leadership; the teamwork; the selfishness and selflessness, etc.
This movie achieves a great level of suspense without overdoing it on the gore. It has been a long time since I gripped my arm rests, called out, had to restrain myself from clapping, cussed under my breath and out loud, held my hand over my mouth, ran in place in my seat to try to make the characters run faster from the zombies, and held both hands on my cheeks with my mouth and eyes wide open during a movie. This movie is exciting. You get invested in the characters and this crazy situation. This film makes me want to see more from the writers/director and actors.
Train to Busan earns 8.5 out of 10 bloops. It is a great movie that should not be missed if you enjoy the horror genre, and even if horror is not your thing, I believe you will still enjoy it. I do not know one word of Korean, but I can tell you that the subtitles are easy to follow and none of the human emotion, suspense or terror was lost in translation. It is a beautiful film to watch on the big screen.
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1 = worst ever, avoid at all cost
2 = very bad, forget about it!
3 = poor movie, not recommended
4 = not good, even for free – NO!
5 = so-so, worth it if you don’t have to pay
6 = not bad, could have been better
7 = good movie, worth seeing
8 = great movie, don’t miss it!
9 = excellent movie, a must see!
10 = a masterpiece, go see it now!
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