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Review of Train to Busan

In 2016, this film took not just it's homeland, but the world by storm, becoming one of the most internationally successful horror films of all time. The fact that it was able to make the zombie sub-genre fresh again is a testament enough to what a great film it is, and it achieves this through focusing on the very aspect that more recent American zombie films neglect. And that is the humanity and emotional core of an apocalyptic event. The film's bread and butter are it's exceptional cast, and thoughtful writing.


This isn't a collection of faceless victims lined up for the biting, instead you'll grow to genuinely care for and root for these people. Underlying the entire film is a message of selflessness, as the story confronts the life of a selfish businessman who must learn to put others before himself if he wants to save his only daughter. Through this, the film critiques the callousness and corruption of business culture and capitalism, without ever beating the audience over the head.

Thankfully, it's just as good a horror film as it is a humanist drama. The infected borrow liberally from the ravenous, fast-paced flesh-eaters in "World War Z", but without that film's reliance on atrocious CGI. Thus the moments in which crowds of hyper zombies chase the cast through confined spaces are truly intense. And those more suspenseful moments are only made stronger by the well-written characters. It's a true masterclass in how to make an effective, classic zombie film. One that American directors should take notice of. A real crowd-pleaser that offers drama, character, emotion and adrenaline-charged horror all in one.

My Rating:ย  9/10
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Added by Beanie
1 month ago on 8 April 2021 13:24