Movie Review: Train to Busan

Recently, I went on Netflix to find a good movie to watch. I randomly came across this horror film and was absolutely hooked! From beginning to end, I was on the edge of my seat because of all the gore, the brutality, the storyline, etc. Today’s movie review will be on Train to Busan!

Released in South Korea on July 20th, 2016, this movie has it all when it comes to action thriller films. You want zombies? This movie has it. You want quality action? This movie has it. You want a compelling story? This movie has it! The stars of this film were Gong Yoo, Kim Su-an, Jung Yu-mi, Ma Dong-seok, Choi Woo-shik, Sohee, Kim Eui-sung, just to name a few.

The story of this film is Seok-woo (Gong Yoo) is a fund manager who works so much that he barley has enough time to see his daughter Su-an. Su-an’s birthday was coming up and her one birthday wish was to travel to Busan to visit her mother. Seok-woo is divorced from her mother so that relationship is sour of course. He was against the idea at first, but Su-an continued to persuade him and he reluctantly agreed. The next day, they board a KTX 101 at the Seoul Station. Things were going fine at first, then suddenly things took a turn for the worst. Su-an starts to notice something’s wrong outside the station. When the train finally starts to take off, a woman boards on and has a bite wound on her leg. A female worker notices this and goes over to the woman to check on her. As the worker got closer, this wounded woman turns into a zombie and attacks the worker! After the attack, the train worker herself turns into a zombie! This quickly spreads throughout the train as one by one each passenger gets bitten then turns into a zombie. While this chaos is going on, Su-an wanders off to see what’s going on. Seok-woo was napping but then wakes up to find Su-an gone, starting to panic. Seok-woo finally finds Su-an but at the same time he encounters the zombies. He’s able to get to her along with the help of Sang-hwa (Ma Dong-seok) and Yong-guk (Choi Woo-shik). These guys, along with other survivors, fight their way to the next train. There are zombies everywhere! Su-an is by her father’s side the whole time. Throughout the rest of the movie, each main character is killed by zombies tragically except for Seok-woo and Su-an, who survived half of this carnage. Near the end of the movie, these two along with a pregnant woman named Seong-kyeong made it to another train, only to find out that Seok-woo has been bitten by a zombie at some point. Heartbroken by this, Seok-woo ordered Seong-kyeong to watch over Su-an as he makes the decision to sacrifice himself. Su-an is devastated by this whole thing. She’s screaming for her father to come back, but Seok-woo did what he had to do. As the train is moving, Seok-woo leaps off of it, taking his own life. Seong-kyeong and Su-an are the last remaining survivors. The two finally makes it to Busan and walk through a train tunnel. On the other side of the tunnel are soldiers who are instructed to defend their spot from oncoming zombies. They notice the two survivors and were ordered to shoot them, but realized they were humans and decided against it. Su-an finally made it to Busan as she wished, but was heartbroken by the fact that her father sacrificed himself. The movie ends with her singing a song called “Aloha ‘Oe”, a song she honored in her father’s death.

This movie gets a 9/10 rating! This was a great action thriller film. My only issue was that it was all in Korean so I couldn’t understand what they were saying, but that wasn’t a big deal. It’s still a great movie to watch and I recommend this to anyone who hasn’t seen it!

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