Train To Busan
Train to Busan (Korean: 부산행; RR: Busanhaeng, Hanja:釜山行) is a 2016 South Korean action horror film directed by Yeon Sang-ho and starring Gong Yoo, Jung Yu-mi, and Ma Dong-Seok.
Sok-woo, a father with not much time for his daughter, Su-an, is boarding the KTX, a fast train that shall bring them from Seoul to Busan. But during their journey, the apocalypse begins, and most of the earth's population becomes flesh-craving zombies. While the KTX is shooting towards Busan, the passenger's fight for their families and lives against the zombies - and each other.
Why It Rocks
- All of the characters are extremely sympathetic and are far from forgettable, leading the viewer to be extremely shocked at their deaths or things that happen to them. A notable example is Su-an, Sok-woo's daughter. She wants to go to Busan to see her mother but is caught up in the zombie apocalypse along with her father. She's only a little girl and is scared and doesn't know what to do to protect herself, and has to fight for her life.
- It's one of the saddest horror movies to be made in recent memory, due to how shocking every death is. It's a perfect mixture of thrills, danger, beauty, and emotions.
- There's a heavy amount of suspense throughout, and leaves the viewer not knowing what's going to happen next to the characters.
- Along with the suspense, there's also good action, involving the passengers using whatever they can to fight the zombies, such as baseball bats, and even their own fists.
- The characters make smart decisions, such as when the pregnant lady sticks newspapers on a glass door to prevent the zombies from seeing the survivors.
- Every single actor gives off great performances, particularly Kim Su-an as Su-an, Sok-woo's daughter.
- The makeup on the actors playing the zombies make them look even more terrifying than they are.
- The cinematography is also brilliant, such as the tall buildings in Seoul, and even the bridge at the end in Busan.
- Lastly, it's a good allegory of class rebellion and moral polarization.
The review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported that 93% of critics have given the film a positive review based on 105 critics, and an average rating of 7.57/10. The website's critics consensus states: "Train to Busan delivers a thrillingly unique — and purely entertaining — take on the zombie genre, with fully realized characters and plenty of social commentary to underscore the bursts of skillfully staged action." Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, gives the film an average score of 72 based on 15 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews."