Monday, February 13, 2017

Monday Movie Review - TRAIN TO BUSAN

It's a well-known fact that South Korea has given us several superb horror movies in the past (I Saw the Devil, one of my favorites, among them.) Their film-making quality is a combination of extreme gore and great character introspection.

This time they've entered the zombie genre with Train to Busan. Warning: these are not your lumbering versions like "The Walking Dead", but more of the rabid, virus-infected, fast and furious kind ala 24 Days Later. Or, better yet, think Snakes on a Plane, but with zombies.

The story involves an investment banker in Seoul trying to balance his job with his life, which includes a fresh divorce and his young daughter whom he has custody of. His daughter wants to visit her mother, who lives in Busan, so he takes time off from his busy job to take her there via the high-speed rail train. What they don't know is that an infected woman slips in before the train takes off. When she dies, she turns into the raving dead, and attacks others, creating other infected dead exponentially.

The next two hours is the father and daughter trying to survive the increasing Apocalypse while trapped on this speeding train. The scares are unexpected, the gore is plenty, and it doesn't end the way you'd expect.

Yes, there are a few holes I couldn't grasp, including how patient zero got infected, and with what. But once this film sinks its teeth into your throat, it never lets go.

If you're into Asian horror, you'll definitely want to add this one to your collection. For everyone else, I strongly recommend that you

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