Train to Busan (2016)

Genre: Zombies, Thriller, Action

Train to Busan is a South Korean zombie apocalypse thriller that come out in summer, typical time for summer blockbusters, and what a blockbuster it is. Directed and written by seasoned director Sang-ho Yeon, mostly know for his short films and animated features. The movie took box office like the storm, as the viewers stormed theaters, reching more than 10 million viewers, which is a fifth of entire population of South Korea.
Plot follows always-busy divorced fund manager Seok Woo (Yoo Gong) and his young daughter Soo-an. As a birthday gift to Soo-an, after realizing last second, how little time he spends with her, Seok Woo leaves his busy work behind and decides to make a trip to visit her mother in Busan.

As the train they are taking is about to leave the station, a bloodied girl steps on board. And as the train slowly departs from the station, chaos starts to happen around, leaving unsuspecting passengers, Seok-Woo, his daughter, a bloodied girl and bunch of other interested characters on train, onward to it's destination.

It's well shot, well acted, a bit silly at a times, but nonetheless a fun and entertaining summer blockbuster about zombies. Zombies that are realized and portrayed on screen in a quite interesting, energetic, way. It contains a lot of cliches and sometimes silly plot devices, but it doesn't make it less entertaining, but you shouldn't watch it expecting deep cinematic experience. Rarely summer blockbusters have them.

It's energetic movie, with some underlying political and social commentaries, fun characters, great cast with little time spent idle. Well worth a watch if you like survival movies about zombies.


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