Train to Busan is a 2016 South Korean zombie apocalypse horror movie, directed by Yeon Sang-ho and starring Gong Yoo, Jung Yu-mi and Ma Dong-seok.
Seok-woo (Yoo Gong) is a workaholic single father who doesn’t have a lot of free time to spend with his young daughter Soo-an (Soo-an Kim). When she asks him to take her to Busan to see her mother, the two of them board the train together. A woman also boards the same train after being infected by a deadly zombie virus. Soon the virus spreads and the surviving passengers are forced to fight for their lives aboard the train travelling to Busan.
There is a reason why I have not read one single bad opinion of this movie because there is nothing bad to say about it. It is a zombie movie, but it’s not just zombie or horror fans who would enjoy watching this. It has a bit of everything in it. It’s one of those movies that makes you feel every type of emotion. It had comedy, it made me laugh out loud a couple of times. It made me angry, not at the movie itself, but at a couple of the characters because they were assholes. It had drama, it really made me get invested in the characters and their stories. It made me sad, I very very rarely cry while watching a movie but the tears were flooding down at the end of this movie, it had so much heart. There were thrills, high tension moments that had me on the edge of my seat, wondering what will happen next. It had a lot of action, it’s definitely not a B grade type of low budget movie.
The zombies themselves were great, not the slow walking type of zombies that you can just briskly walk away from. These were the insane running full speed at you, smashing full force into doors and windows kind of zombies. There was a nice mix of CGI and special effects makeup. The special effects makeup was good, the zombies were freaky to look at and also the quick spasm movements and sounds they made were creepy. They reminded me of the zombies from the movie World War Z, because they were also fast, made similar movements and sounds and would pile on top of each other like a zombie tsunami.
I have nothing bad to say about the acting, it was brilliant, the actors portrayed the characters so well and really made you care about what happens to them. Each one had their own little story and there was a good variety of people with different ages. There were children, teenagers, adults and elderly characters of both genders. The characters also evolved a lot throughout the movie as their survival instincts kicked in and some of them started kicking zombie ass, which I loved! It was also a nice change from American zombie movies where everybody and their dog has a gun to defend themselves, these people had to use their brains to fight the zombies and use anything and everything as a weapon. The actors who played the zombies also did an excellent job. The cinematography was perfect.
When I first heard about a zombie movie on a train, I was a little worried that the environment was too small and easy to escape from. But it really did work because a train is the type of place where many different types of people are together, so they could develop unique characters. The commuters came up with really inventive ideas on how to escape the zombies and move from one section of the train to another. They also used the train stations for the more open and intense moments and larger zombie hoards. The zombie virus is transferred through a bite and turns the humans into a zombie in seconds. With the speed of the infection and the zombies themselves, it means entire cities can be taken over very quickly.
I have read that Hollywood want to do a remake of this movie. I have mixed feelings about that, I think a remake done correctly could potentially be good, but with how amazing this movie is, I highly doubt a remake could be any better. It might be another Quarantine situation where they copied [REC] almost exactly, but it just wasn’t as good.
I give Train to Busan 10/10 which is the highest rating I’ve given a movie I’ve reviewed so far. I recommend everybody to watch it.
Review by Bluebird