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Cast: Gong Yoo, Jung Yu-mi, Ma Dong-seok, Kim Eui-sung
TRAIN TO BUSAN is a harrowing zombie horror-thriller that follows a group of terrified passengers fighting their way through a countrywide viral outbreak while trapped on a suspicion-filled, blood-drenched bullet train ride to Busan, a southern resort city that has managed to hold off the zombie hordes… or so everyone hopes.
"Train to Busan" wastes no time getting started, as the film opens we find out there has been a "small" leak at a nearby biotech lab. The story switches and we meet our star of the film, Seok Woo who is planning on taking his young daughter to visit her mom. The train ride will be from Seoul to Busan but before the train even leaves the station something is horribly wrong. People have been turned into zombies by the leak at the plant and now Seok Woo must do his best to keep his daughter and himself alive.
Zombies have been big business for a number of years now and just when I start getting sick of seeing them a series or movie pops up that reignites my love for the genre. This time around it happens to be "Train to Busan" a new zombie/thriller from South Korea. I have noticed in recent weeks that the film's trailer was generating quite a buzz for the film and even I was excited to see it.
The story is simple but there are a number of characters we get to follow around including Seok Woo and his daughter, a pregnant couple, a baseball team and a bad guy whose only concern is for himself and you can't wait to see him die. Even though the characters are not fully developed, you begin to feel for each one of them in one way or another as the film moves along. For example Seok Woo, because his work keeps him from spending a lot of time with his daughter you really feel for him and know he is a good dad. Another is the pregnant couple. The husband is a charming yet cocky guy but you find out as the film moves along he has a heart of gold and when the going gets tough he is the first one to step up and kick some major zombie ass.
And then there is the film itself, I already stated that it wastes no time getting started but the action only amps up more as it moves along. There is tons of action, blood and zombies. There is also a great amount of tension and suspense making the film a non-stop thrill ride that will have you holding on for dear life all the way to the end. "Train to Busan" is coming to DVD and Blu-ray on 1/17/17 with Special Features that include:
Behind the Scenes
That's A Wrap
Language: Korean (original)
English (dub) Available
I am not going to sit here and give away everything that happens in the film so not to ruin it for those wanting to see it but I will say that this is one awesome zombie flick that chews up its competition. The film gets your interest right from the start and it tosses in a few twists along the way to keep things fresh and to keep you engaged. Combine that with a great cast and a heart-felt and satisfying ending and you have a must-see film. Korean Cinema has been the leader in the Asian Market for a number of years now by producing some stellar films and "Train to Busan" is no exception. I highly recommend checking this out as soon as possible.
Released by Well Go USA
**** 1/2 Out Of *****