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)
With a couple of the zombie movies I've watched recently, I've found myself able to go so far in my reviews as to credit the films for some modicum of surprise originality, alongside a rating of four of five out of ten. But it has been years since I've been able to say that I saw a zombie movie I genuinely and wholeheartedly enjoyed. Or I should say, it had been years, right up until last night when I saw Train to Busan.
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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