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.
Characters you can't help but care about? Check. A spot of amped-up social commentary? Double check. Lashings of bloody, bite-y mayhem? Triple check.
The zombie movie takes the bullet train in Train to Busan, a smart horror that contrasts the hyper-cleanliness and efficiency of South Korean life with bloody, neck-biting chaos.
Yeon keeps us guessing until the nervy closing seconds.
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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