Train to Busan

Holy shit. That’s my reaction to this film. I held my breath the entire way.

The hype is real. If you haven’t seen it right now, then do yourself a favor, and go watch it at this moment. Skip school, ditch work, and grab your friends or family, and take them out for this ride.

If there is one thing about Asians is highly efficient in making a film, it’s evoking emotions.

“Train to Busan” is terrifying, sad, and sweet. Its characters are flawed and frustrating.

Unlike most, if not all, zombie films, where the origins of the zombie outbreak are never explored. “Train to Busan” takes a moment to actually tell us what exactly happened.

It is rare for such a thing to come from a zombie film. Some of the greats have had their time and withstood the test of time, to become legends, hushed whispers among hardcore fans of the genre – nearly all of them has come from George Romero.

“Dawn of the Dead,” (1978) “Night of the Living Dead,” (1968) “Zombieland,” (2009) and “World War Z” (2013) are the only films that come to mind where zombies have been mildly entertaining and were actually good films. It wasn’t the zombies that made these films great, it was the characters. Each one had a character arc of their own,

Make no mistake, “Train to Busan” is all about the characters. All suffering with human dilemmas that is a stark contrast to their current situation. It’s a film about family, it’s cast is full of traveling families, it explores kinship, survival, and how fear can drive a mob mentality to a single train of thought.

Majority of the film takes place in a train, a single ride from one end of the station, to the other end. It is because of this tight space that causes a sense of claustrophobia. If there is anything to analyze in this film, it’s how modernism has driven us apart from our families.

“Train to Busan” is an entirely different beast. If films such as “The Good, The Bad, and The Weird,” and “Snowpiercer” had not put Korea in the map as a fine source of international films, then this one will.

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