Verdict: Gripping, intense and gory – welcome to Busan
It's been awhile since we got a good horror movie, let alone a good zombie movie. For most of us zombie aficionados, the zombie subgenre was dead, as it increasingly became tired and repetitive with hordes of mindless (well, they are supposed to be) brain eaters snacking on a few extras with no plot to drive the movie ahead. A fairly decent zombie flick in recent memory is World War Z but then again that too is debatable. Well, Train to Busan is the saving grace that we all deserve for believing in this genre and for feeding on boring and manipulating plotting on some TV shows for several years.
The plot is simple and straightforward: Seok-woo (Yoo Gong) is an aloof, workaholic hedge fund manager escorting his precocious daughter Su-an (Kim Su-an) to Busan by a high speed train to see his estranged wife. Unbeknownst to them (but evident to us from the opening scene), South Korea is on the cusp of a zombie outbreak. The rules of the game remain the same as always: a bite is enough to infect and convert, and if the infected manage to kill someone, they immediately turn (read 28 days Later). The actors playing the zombies are provided minimal makeup- relying primarily on their snarling and herky-jerky movements to convey a sense of menace.
Talking about the positives, the film is fast-paced, as it picks up momentum right at the end of the first act. Trust us, you won't even look at your phone. As for the zombies, they are straight out of World War Z and equally scary. Besides the infected, the inclusion of human villains introduces additional conflicts as people tend to make stupid and rash decisions that repeatedly causes loss of lives for no good reason. This is where the movie stands a apart from the crowd. Characters have proper motivation and reasoning because of which they take certain decisions. The director delivers and delivers good! Having said, that the film is far from being perfect. The characters who are supposed to die are so obvious that they might as well wear red T-shirts saying ‘eat me’. The film is sprinkled with cliches that you have probably seen more than a thousand times, which is disappointing. But if everything is taken into account, the movie certainly fairs better than its contenders.
Why You Should Watch It:
Watch it for the gripping narration as the director gives you robust zombie flick. If you are sucker for the undead, you should certainly not miss this as this one is like a breath of fresh air.