Yojimbo's Movie Review of Train to Busan ( Busanhaeng )

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Train to Busan ( Busanhaeng )

"Train To Busan" by Yojimbo
Yojimbo - wrote on 03/01/19

The occupants of a passenger train desperately try to reach their destination while the population of the outside world are transformed into flesh eating monsters.

Train To Busan is a South Korean horror film that features more of the rabid humanity style zombies that appeared in the likes of 28 Days Later, the remake of Dawn Of The Dead and World War Z. It is set almost entirely over the period of one train journey which gives the idea a slightly different spin thanks to the single location and lack of weapons which gives it a more claustrophobic and physically brutal aspect – they literally have to fight their way out with their bare hands. This does compromise the atmosphere somewhat however, as the story is set near consistently in broad daylight. Although slightly lacking in sophistication, the character dynamics work well with a remarkably believable performance from young Kim Su-An, and the theme running through the film – how the monsters are not the only difficulty they must face, but also the greed and selfishness of their fellow humans – is nicely done.

As a whole it does have a slight “made for TV” quality about the production value, but Train To Busan is a solidly made and played shocker that’s superior to at least two of the aforementioned films.

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