Train to Busan, 2016 is a South Korean zombie horror movie. Seok-Woo is a workaholic father struggling to connect and take care of his daughter, Soo-An. Making a mess of her birthday gift, he feels he has to give her what she really wants. She wants to spend her birthday in Busan with her mother. They get on the train to go and even then there are signs the world is falling apart around them. As the doors are closing a girl crawls in and starts having convulsions. She turns into a zombie and panic ensues. On the train, there are a pair of elderly sisters, a baseball team, a pregnant woman and her husband, as well as a douche of a business man who only cares about his own survival as he is more important than anyone, and a traumatized homeless man.
The zombies are terrifying. They turn fast. The cracking and contortions as they turn, the grey eyes and their speed all combine to make frightening opponents. The claustrophobia of being trapped in close quarters with potential death is real. There is also the fear of the unknown as the characters wait to see which station is overrun and waiting for help.
The film portrays human nature well, the sacrifices people make for those they love and the selfishness of survival. There is the underlying theme of corporate greed. Soo-An played by Kim Su-An is amazing. She is amazing!!!! She needs to win an award. The characters are so well developed and you do care what happens to them. I LOVED this movie. Having been awash with cookie cutter films films with no real story recently, this movie was a breath of fresh air.
I give this a rare 10/10. Watch this if you like your zombie flicks. You won’t regret it. It’s available on Amazon Prime subscription.