The best way to get going is to simply, well, get going. Director Sang-ho Yeon’s 2016 zombie sensation became one of Korea’s biggest films ever. Well deserved. The action is non-stop and also mixed with drama that is worth a tear. “Train to Busan”lives up to its titular name.
The plot is simple. A zombie outbreak is seen through the eyes of several passengers on a train. That’s it. Yoo Gong plays Seek-Woo, a business driven fund manager who has little time for his daughter Soo-an. While hopping a train to take his daughter to visit her mother, an infected zombie sneaks on and the chaos begins.
Political and class relations come out real fast as the zombies get a move on from car to car. You have your good ones such as grumpy father to be Sang-hwa (Ma Dong-Seok) fighting off the zombie horde to protect his pregnant wife that is about to burst. A-holes are also around, particularly with politician Kim Eui-sung. He’s along for the ride and ready to throw anyone under the tracks as long as he is safe. Basically your standard politician.
Woo realizes that this thing is real and abandons his financial mind to help both his daughter first but also other passengers. Beyond the corporate nonsense, his true self comes out which is what make “Train to Busan” so compelling.
Director Sang-ho Yeon makes you feel like this will be a slow burn. But as soon as the first zombie shows up, “Train to Busan” goes hard in the paint. The action is a combination of visceral attacks and creepy sneak attacks.
Obviously this is not a best picture winner. However, “Train to Busan” is a thrill ride from start to finish. A clean movie for its genre with very few flaws. The ending will also break your heart, for the genre of course.
Suck Factor: 2out of 7 (7 means your movie really SUCKS!)
Written by Byrd
The SUCK FACTOR, how it works. We have flipped the rating system upside down. If a film is classic, it gets a 0. Meaning that movie has 0 SUCKS. If a film is complete trash you must avoid at all costs, it gets a 7, meaning this movie really SUCKS!