Mr. M. K. Egan Reply to on 16 December 2017
|I'm a big fan of the zombie genre-from the classics by George A Romero to 'The Walking Dead' and now 'Train To Busan' (TTB hereafter) has been added to that illustrious list after I read a positive film review in Big Issue North magazine.
Some people are put off by foreign films but you're really missing out if you're one of them because TTB is one of the best horror films I've seen in a long time and is right up there with other great foreign films such as 'Rec', 'Ils (Them)' and 'Let the right one in.'
I knew the film was of high qualify after one of the opening scenes featuring a dead deer coming back-to-life, after being struck by a vehicle, and this sets the tone for the rest of the film. The main character is Seok-Woo-an office fund manager who is no longer with his wife because he's married to the job, and he has custody of his daughter Soo-an who is cared for by his mother whilst he's at work.
Seok-Woo reluctantly agrees to take Soo-An to Busan on her birthday, so she can visit her mother, and they board a train to Busan (no surprises there!) where all hell breaks loose after an infected woman boards the train at the last moment before the doors close. The zombies featured in TTB are the fast-moving type of zombies featured in films such as '28 Days Later' and 'World War Z'.
During the train journey it becomes clear from media reports that the virus has spread across South Korea however the outbreaks of violence are initially perceived to be civil unrest (riots.) Apparently Busan is the only safe place left and the film is a battle-for-survival on the train after many of the passengers become infected.
Initially Seok-Woo sticks to his selfish ways and concentrates only on keeping himself and his daughter alive at the expense of other people, but it soon becomes clear the band of survivors need to work together if they have any hope of surviving and he joins forces with a homeless man, a man who is travelling with his pregnant wife and members of a high school baseball team.
I'm no expert on cinematography but TTB is a terrifically crafted film which will keep you on the edge-of-your-seat throughout and there are a lot of surprises along the way. I enjoyed every minute of the film and fully intend to watch the animated prequel 'Seoul Station'. It's a must-watch for all fans of the zombie genre and horror fans in general.