Wednesday 8 March 2017

Movie Review: TRAIN TO BUSAN

Train to Busan

Train to Busan is a Korean zombie film, or 'infected film' if you're a zombie purist, in a similar vein to 28 days Later. I noticed an advert for it last week on the internet, and it has already been showered with praise from the film industry, so I decided to check it out and see if it lives up to the hype.

Korea, well the South anyway, has released many awesome movies over the last few years and this one is no exception. The story is about a divorced fund manager and his relationship with his daughter. He's a workaholic and spends little time with her. Eventually, he agrees to take her to Busan to see her mother after much persuading. During the train journey, a form of zombie outbreak has occurred across the country and one of the infected people is on the train. A number of other characters are introduced at the start of the train journey, and the story is about their attempt at survival together. I won't write anymore about the story to avoid spoilers, but take my word that this movie is absolutely awesome.

Train to Busan is very well written, and all of the main characters are continually developed throughout. It doesn't rely on 'jump scares' or excessive gore, but has a sense of realism and maintains an intense drama right until the end. As with the hugely successful The Walking Dead, the story is more about the people than the zombies, and how human beings would have their values challenged and would change their behaviour given extreme circumstances, for better or for worse.

The actors are superb and the special effects are breathtaking. The scene where they try to stop at an earlier train station, as seen in the below trailer, is an absolute masterpiece of Horror cinematography and one of the many scenes that makes Train to Busan an instant classic.

Train to Busan


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