Train To Busan [Movie Review]

I’ve never felt the urge to post a review right after I finish watching a movie or a drama before, but this time is different! Train To Busan was never in my must watch list since I HATE zombie movies but this one is different. If Train To Busan changed my perception about a zombie movie, than it’s pretty safe to say that Movie can be watched by you, who are not into zombie movies too. And of course, change your perception too. 

Quoted from asianwiki.com:

“Seok-Woo (Gong Yoo) is a fund manager in Seoul. He is separated from his wife and lives with his daughter Soo-An (Kim Soo-Ahn). Seok-Woo doesn’t spend much time with his daughter or show affection to her. On the night before Soo-An’s birthday, Soo-An insists on seeing her mother for her birthday. Seok-Woo has no other choice, but to take her to Busan. Early the next morning, they board the KTX train for Busan at Seoul Station.

Before the KTX train leaves Seoul Station, a zombie like girl jumps onto the train. The girl is infected with a horrific virus that is spreading like wildfire. Seok-Woo, Soo-An and the other passengers on the KTX train must now fight for their lives.”

Movie definitely had my attention from start to finish. Even from the start Movie went on full force. I’m talking about the first scene, it was like 2 minutes into the movie LITERALLY. So a deer was hit by a car but 30 seconds later it came back to life. Miracle? Nope. Apparently the zombie virus could live inside an animal body.

Scene changed to Seok Woo in the middle of his call to someone important. He then monitored a news article about hundreds of dead fish caused by an unknown reason. Pretty weird, huh? Story moved to him and his daughter, Soo An, who would turn one day older the next day. Seok Woo was a very hardworking person who neglected his family. Movie and Gong Yoo really did a good job in delivering this cold side of Seok Woo to his family.

The D-Day came. Soo Ah’s birthday. Seok Woo agreed to Soo Ah’s wish to go to Busan and meet her mother. Both boarded the train for Busan early in the morning only to have the worst nightmare ever. This, when the movie started to get very intense.

Movie didn’t only revolve around Seok Woo and Soo Ah but also other people. 2 high school sweethearts, a married couple, 2 sisters, and a stowaway homeless man. But still, Seok Woo and Soo Ah got most of the focus because they’re the main characters of course! I liked it that with these extra characters the movie got more personal.

Train To Busan had my heart skipped a beat few times. It was intense from start to finish. Definitely not a good watch if you have weak heart. Beside the zombies, Movie portrayed perfectly how selfish human could be at crisis times, how fast a person could turn their back on someone else. It’s was balanced with touching moments and sacrifices from the characters.

I didn’t know that the first infected human on board was Shim Eun Kyung at first. She was so damn good! Every single zombie in this movie was so damn great in acting! They were so dedicated. Even the noises they made just sound so terrifying.

Gong Yoo, hands down, amazing. Jung Yu Mi was amazing, the child actress, Kim Soo Ahn was amazing, everyone was amazing. I was pretty okay with Ahn So Hee‘s acting. I don’t understand Korean so I don’t know how well she was with her pronunciation and punctuation. She was awkward but still bearable. She could dive deeper into her character and by that way she could deliver better. Definitely there’s room for improvement for her.

The directing was too good to be true. I liked how straight forward the directing is. It captured the right emotion and suspense. Every scene looked so polish too. Don’t forget the make up! It looked real and detailed. I was amazed at how real the zombies’ veins look. The CG was great too. Also, the sets were well made and look really really great and real.

Back to the story, I noted few great scenes from the movie. Because I don’t want to give spoilers let’s keep this one short. Sacrifices made by several characters move my heart. How complete strangers willing to help others by giving himself to the crowd of zombies to save other people or how they comfort and support each other. Just how great sacrifices a father could do for his daughter.

I completely lost it when Soo An begging her father not to go and just stay by her side. Movie gave us few seconds of Soo An holding on his father’s shirt sleeves for few seconds. That’s more than enough to make me cry! Scene continued to Seok Woo crying and remembering the baby Soo An. His face turned so serene and he smiled. He looked so so peaceful. The BGM didn’t help at all. Nope. Man, I shed tears! Oh, when I think about it, Train To Busan is the only zombie movie that make me shed tears. I’ve watched zombie movie before you guys lol. That Hollywood movie, what was that, Resident Evil? Can’t remember.

As the first zombie movie produced by Korean, people had so much anticipation and expectation for Movie. I think Train To Busan live up to the expectation. It’s a very well made movie, great exercise for heart, and still touches your heart.

Warm hugs,
Red

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