"Best zombie movie ever!"
You've probably heard of a Korean horror movie called 'Train to Busan', which is being hailed as THE movie everyone needs to watch right now by zombie movie fans and non-fans alike.
They're not exaggerating. 'Train to Busan' is truly a must-watch... and this is coming from someone who is pretty much unimpressed by 'The Walking Dead' and 'World War Z'.
I thoroughly enjoyed 'Shaun of the Dead' and 'Zombieland' though. :D
The premise of 'Train to Busan' is pretty simple - a group of train passengers are forced to fight their way out of a countrywide zombie outbreak
A train ride from Seoul to Busan that was supposed to be just over an hour turned into a harrowing blood-fest as the zombie virus quickly spread among the unknowing passengers who boarded the fateful KTX bullet train.
'Train to Busan' follows the group's suspense-filled journey to Busan, a city that has managed to hold off the zombie hordes... or so they've heard.
The movie is a literal and figurative ride from start to finish, with impressive action set pieces that involve humans trying to escape from rabid, vicious hordes of zombies that run really, really fast
One bite from these ghastly creatures and you'll be turned in a matter of minutes.
But what truly made the movie stand out in its genre is the emphasis on how the characters react to the outbreak, particularly in showing the best and worst bits of humanity when the end of the world seems inevitable:
1. For some, the prospect of imminent death brings out their best selves...
Much like when a viral disease spreads or a unexpected disaster happens, there will be those who risk their lives to save those in need and makes sure no man is left behind. These are the characters you will root for and hope will come out of the situation alive.
2. ... But it also brings out the worst in people
The reality is that there will always be people who don't think of anyone but themselves, especially when all you can do is, well, try to stay alive.
But then there are also a subset of s**ty people who will throw everyone else to the zombies just so /they/* survive.
3. Be prepared to be emotionally invested in the characters. You'll laugh, you'll cry... and you'll feel like killing some of them with your bare hands.
4. The subtle critique involving the motivations of the materialistic corporates vs. the working class will have you re-evaluating your life's choices
At the heart of 'Train to Busan' is the father-and-daughter duo Seok-woo and Soo-an. Seok-woo, a workaholic divorcée, has a fragile relationship with his daughter Soo-an.
While he aims to instill seemingly "selfish" values upon his soft-spoken daughter when the outbreak struck, things began to look up when he meets the gruff but good-natured Song-hwa, who is accompanied by his pregnant wife Sung-geong.
So, if there is one movie you should never miss this year, it's 'Train to Busan'. Trust me, trust your friends. :)
Watch the super intense trailer HERE:
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