Snakes on a Plane (minus Sam Jackson) with shades of Snowpiercer (trapped on a speeding train plus the whole class war thing); the "strangers band together to survive in a world suddenly gone mad" aesthetic of the 2004 Dawn of the Dead remake; the frenetic, rabid infected intensity of World War Z; and some acrobatic craziness like only the films that populate the world of Asian Cinema can offer, and that's basically what Train to Busan is.
That's not to say that it isn't it's own film, or that it borrows too heavily from the aforementioned efforts to be its own thing, but it played like an amalgamation of those movies, amongst others, and it bears noting.
The Train to Busan!
|"ENJOYING YOUR TRAIN RIDE, HONEY?"|
|IT SPREADS QUICKLY.|
|WORST TRAIN RIDE EVER.|
For a movie that is so claustrophobic in its setting, Train to Busan is full of big action. Director Sang-ho Yeon uses the cramped quarters of his train setting to maximum effect, giving we the audience plenty of fights, chases, and narrow escapes to keep us on the edge of our seats. And blood. There's plenty of that, too.
As exciting as the movie is, it's made all the more harrowing thanks to a cast of realistic and well thought out characters who are played by some very likable actors. Sang-Hwa was easily one of our favorite characters of any movie that we saw in 2016, and he's a perfect example of why we loved this movie so much.
|IT'S ALSO AN EMOTIONALLY INTENSE MOVIE TOO.|
|SOMETHING ABOUT HER MOVED ME THOUGH...|
|CHONG-GI SMILED ON THE INSIDE, KNOWING THAT SOON HE WOULD FINALLY KNOW WHAT HUMAN FACE TASTED LIKE.|
|"FASTEN YOUR SEATBEEEEEELTS!"|
|IT COULD HAVE BEEN THOUGH. OH, IT COULD HAVE BEEN.|
|IT'S GO TIME.|
See it when you can.
Train to Busan is available now on VOD.