Train to Busan (Busanhaeng) (2016)
Critic Consensus: Train to Busan delivers a thrillingly unique -- and purely entertaining -- take on the zombie genre, with fully realized characters and plenty of social commentary to underscore the bursts of skillfully staged action.
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Director Yeon Sang-ho makes smart use of the cramped quarters, and while it's true that his zombies' abilities tend to vary according to the requirements of the moment, it's easy to overlook amid the onslaught of action and emotion.
A zombie movie content not to aspire to any loftier subtextual readings needs little more than a skilled choreographer of action, and there's plenty of evidence that this film had one in Yeon.
Less effectively, the movie has some rather obvious social comeuppances in mind and you'll groan at the contrivances. Just wait a few minutes and you'll get to the next action sequence, in which Yeon is more confident.
It may not be something we've never seen before, but it's something we can benefit from seeing again.
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I love my Zombie movies and I can't believe I put off watching this for so long, I should of learned from The Raid and the REC films that subtitles do not spoil movies, This film is one a the best edge of your seat films of the year, It doesn't take long for it to start and when it does it hardly stops to breathe with some World War Z/ 28 Days Later type of Zombies running in hordes, Climbing over each other, Suicide diving through windows it's all amazing stuff, There's no real horror to be had nor any jump scares they rely on the fact that being trapped with zombies on a bullet train should scare you enough and it does, The claustrophobic scenes work so well, It's not short on some good little action scenes and some pretty good effects at times but they take a back seat in this film, With how fast paced the film was it made the emotional ending work that much better plus we had characters we connected with which helped an awful lot too, Don't let the subtitles put you off it's a great Zombie film that may not be the best in its genre but it's got to be part of the conversation.
Take The Poseidon Adventure. Put it on a train. Add yer zombie apocalypse. Stir. Alright.
Much as I'm not a fan of zombie movies, this was freaking excellent and kept me glued to the screen. Suspense, drama, and characters with actual personalities. I have to say, I couldn't wait for that horrible business man to cop it!
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