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Train to Busan
(2016)
8.96
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Plot/Story

9.00

Characters

9.00

Acting

8.67

Cinematography

8.67

Production Design

9.00

Sound

8.33

Execution

9.67

Emotional Impact

9.33

Overview: When a zombie virus pushes Korea into a state of emergency, those trapped on an express train to Busan must fight for their own survival.

Director: Yeon Sang-ho

Release Date: 2016-07-20

Genres: Horror Thriller Action Adventure


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Train to Busan does a lot of things right, but I think a little might be lost in translation. While the cinematography isn't anything special, there's nothing wrong with it (especially from a director who cut his teeth with animated features) and keeping the movie contained to just a train is unique. I'd like to get a better idea of what is happening on a larger scale, but watching one infected contaminate the train was novel. For such a small story, we get quite a bit of depth to out characters and they manage to pull it for two hours without it ever feeling drawn out; the only slow part is the set up at the beginning. For a zombie movie, the characters are surprisingly realistic and aren't constantly doing stupid things, although they sometimes take a bit too long to react. My only real issue is the acting. It's easiest to explain my problem with the child actress, Kim Su-an. Sometimes her emotions feel so real that I was legitimately impressed. I don't cry, but there were times where her sadness made me a little misty. But most of her screen time, she's completely stoic and monotone. Gong Yoo, who plays her father has almost no facial expressions and never conveys emotion in his lines. I'm honestly sure it's not just a cultural thing. I have no idea what South Korea is like, aside from whatever happens that makes international news. Maybe they are more reserved there and don't like to show emotion. When the moment needs it, everyone (but Gong Yoo) pulls off authentic distress or sadness, so I know they can do it. I feel like the performances are too understated and need more feeling, but it might just be the cultural difference.

By : Greg Mueller | Date : 5 years ago




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Talk about a journey. This movie will take you on one.

By : Mark Kulawik | Date : 3 years ago




8.88
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The zombies are pretty crazy scary. I'd say they were more hair-raising and creepier than Kingdom. That one train lady had that crazy body twisting I've never seen before, and I've seen my share of movie zombies. The plot is pretty simple but how it carries you along into the unknown and unexpected falls nothing short of a job well done. I love how things escalate really quickly. It reminds me of this pandemic we're in. You hear something about it on the news. You think you're safe, everything is fine, just another day. You even hear some commotion from a good distance, then BAM, lockdown! Time to leave work, and run to get your supplies against the mob, and hope you make it home safe. I can definitely see hints of World War Z here, but the scenes don't get as wild and crazy as Z, and it doesn't need to be. It's about people, and their conflicts with other people when survival is at stake. How someone who acts in charge can affect the majority and create chaos with other groups. It's also about sacrifice, and how people change. The ending was not what I had expected so this movie really gets my vote. It's definitely worth watching.

By : Arthur Panganiban | Date : 3 years ago




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