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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Critic Reviews for Train to Busan (Busanhaeng)
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.
Audience Reviews for Train to Busan (Busanhaeng)
It is amazing to see what can still be done in films about the living dead taking over the world, and this is not only a tense and exhilarating movie like Snowpiercer with zombies but also - and most importantly - an intelligent social commentary in the best tradition of the kind.
Take The Poseidon Adventure. Put it on a train. Add yer zombie apocalypse. Stir. Alright.
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