A zombie virus consumes South Korea as a train full of
passengers attempt to fight their way to a possible safe zone.
Train to Busan (2016)
Directed by Sang-ho Yeon
Written by Joo-Suk Park and Sang-ho Yeon
Starring Gong Yoo, Jung Yu-mi, Ma Dong-seok, Su-an Kim,
Kim Eui-sung, Choi Woo-sik, Sohee, Soo-jung Ye,
Park Myung-shin, Gwi-hwa Choi
Train to Busan is one of the most original, intense, and brilliant zombie movies I've ever seen. Every moment is rife with tension, horror, emotion, or flawless character development. Every single death matters and carries a serious weight, which you don't often see in zombie films. It takes some expected tropes and flips them in order to surprise the audience again and again. This is one of the few horror films that actually made me cry, as the ending is emotionally devastating. Holy shit, what a ride.
Our hero is a South Korean businessman who isn't the most present father. His daughter Soo-an (Su-an Kim, who turns in one of the greatest child actor performances I've ever seen) wants to see her mother in Busan, so dad obliges. While on the train to Busan, a zombie virus breaks out in the cities and spreads across the whole country like wildfire, including their train. The survivors hole up in a separate car, but time is running out and people are starting to turn on each other. It's incredible how Sang-ho Yeon gives everyone just enough character development so you care when they die. And the design of the zombies is terrifying. Big, gaping mouths, black pulsating veins, and an unquenchable thirst for carnage.
Train to Busan is an absolute must-see for every horror fan. It redefines the zombie subgenre on a global scale and is already considered a horror classic. This is a powerful movie that focuses on characters, atmosphere, and sound design to craft an unforgettable movie-watching experience.