Where do I even begin? This movie shows that Hollywood does not own the monopoly on quality action film making. But checking out the quality of the entertainment of late coming from Hollywood, that’s not really a stretch.
All young Su-an (played by Soo-an Kim) wants for her birthday is to spend it with her mother. So her separated and unengaged father Seok Woo (played by Yoo Gong) attempts to fulfill her wish. Her mother lives in Busan. That’s a relatively unconventional short high-speed train ride, and with some coaxing from Su-an, off they go.
But, of course, the train ride is anything but unconventional.
News filters into passengers on the train that something horrible is affecting people, turning them into crazed rabid flesh eaters. Little do they know that this is about to infect the people on the train as well.
Along with Seok Woo and Su-an, there are a whole host of great supporting characters that round out the cast. Like cheerleader Ahn So-hee, reluctant boyfriend and amateur baseball player Young Gook (and the rest of the team), Sang Hwa, a linebacker or sumo wrestler or just a plain bad-ass, and his expectant wife Sung Gyeong. Do NOT mess with this man’s wife and child! And of course, there is the villian, albeit cliched business executive, Yong-Suk, who becomes almost as dangerous as the zombies.
Train to Busan is one of the best zombie action flicks I’ve seen in a long time. Director Sang-ho Yeon does an amazing job with pacing, the acting is top notch, and the screenplay (also written by Sang-ho Yeon) is visceral and touching.
The train is a perfect setting for a zombie apocalypse showdown. The train can not stop at stations because they are all over-run by hordes, and the living passengers are continually being squeezed into tighter and tighter quarters by the increasing number of swarming undead — undead that move like World War Z/28 Days Later hyper-kinetic zombies-on-meth.
Highly highly recommend!
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