Everybody has been raving about how great Train To Busan is for what it feels like an eternity and when I finally saw with my own four eyes what the big deal about this is, South Korea once again didn't disappoint.
Train To Busan starts off in very typical disaster movie style: with a family with issues. The young
daughter of divorced parents, Soo-an doesn’t get along with her old boy, mainly because he’s too busy working than spending time his little girl. After buying a wrong present for her birthday, instead of going to the closest Barbie (or whatever kids play with these days) shop to get something different, the child finally had enough with her stupid father that doesn’t even know what she likes, and she decides what she really wants for her bday is going to see her mother in *dun dun duuun* …Busan.
On the train on the way there is where the trouble (doesn’t start but) follows them, thanks to an infected chick that boards at the very last second.
Before watching Train To Busan for some reason I thought this was a straight up serious zombie film, and even though it’s not a comedy, it turns out Busan has it all: light hearted moments that will make you laugh out loud, dramatic scenes that will make you think, action sequences completed with some serious zombie ass kicking that will make you cheer, but also pray to the Old and New gods that our heros won't get bitten, and of course gore (because I'm a Gore Whore), not over the top, but it is a zombie film after all! My favourite thing is how insane these undead are and also how the hoards of zombies floods pouring down everywhere when you least think about it!
- Originality = as much as you can be innovative with the hundreth zombie movie made.
- Feels = I cried in three different occasions and I wasn’t even PMSing.
- Crazy ass zombies = the walkers are not usually smart to begin with but these ones are full on bat shit crazy. They way they run (yup, they’re the quick type), fall from the sky, smash into anything that stand in their way and when they are in a chill mode they move like they’re in a Michael Jackson clip.
- Awesome characters = you will end up loving every single one of these guys (see point 2) and you really don’t want to see them dying a horrible death… well, maybe apart from a few.
Train To Busan is definitely a part of the long list of movies Korea is getting itself known for worldwide but since I feel these gems are still a bit of a niche, I wish more of them will make it as big as this has because let's just say it, most of these usually amazing flicks need a bigger audience.
Written by Magali