As 2016 comes to an end; the last part of the year has somehow salvaged an incredibly average start. Continuing the strong end to the year, South Korean horror Train to Busan is one of the more memorable and entertaining films that I’ve come across in 2016. Following Seok-Woo, a divorced male tries to patch up things with his younger daughter Su-an to Busan for her birthday so she can visit her mother. As they board the long journey from Seoul to Busan, so does an uninvited guest. Suffering from a bite wound to the leg, the woman rapidly becomes unwell and is then overcome by a crazed state. Basically, what I mean is that she is a zombie. As the train is making its way on its journey, the infected woman makes her way through the fresh flesh on board and makes for an intriguing (for me) train ride.
I only encountered Train to Busan once it was reviewed by critics in the UK. The film quickly picked up chase and I became intrigued immediately. I’m a big fan of the zombie genre and Asian cinema, too. To see the two combine is something that interests me a lot. I do have to say that I wasn’t exactly blown away by the film, its acting at time is sub-par but the overall feel of the film is extremely enjoyable. Train to Busan doesn’t add anything new or fresh to the zombie genre, but it is another film to add to the list. Full of entertaining set pieces, the film chooses its main setting very well by having the majority of the film take place on a train. Having the film take place on a train makes it feel incredibly claustrophobic, adding to the horror value. Personally, I don’t find Zombie movies scary at all, I always look for the entertainment factor, and Train to Busan entertained me throughout.
The film got going straight from minute one; it quickly sets up the relationship between the main characters and their back story. Once that is over and they board the train, the action and fear is ramped up. As more people are taken out by the virus, the more likely the threat to our main characters in the film. As it goes on, it makes for an interesting finale. I would say that the final scene of the movie is very predictable, especially if you’ve seen a lot of zombie movies. Apart from the predictable ending and very average performances from the main actors, there isn’t a lot else that’s wrong with this film. In all honestly, I couldn’t take my eyes of the film. I loved nearly every single minute of the film.
The Zombies in the film are ruthless, aggressive and full of energy. They are treated with respect by filmmaker Yeon Sang-Ho as they tear down people’s limbs and throw them around like a feather in the wind. Their dominance and aggression are the gems of the film. Train to Busan is easily one of the most enjoyable watches that I’ve seen this year. It was nice to kind of switch off for two hours and enjoy a decent zombie flick. It kept me entertained due to its relentless torture for the main cast, their luck runs thin throughout as they encounter endless dramas in the film. I highly recommend you finish the year of 2016 by kicking back and watching Train to Busan. 4 out of 5 stars.