Martial law is declared when a mysterious viral outbreak pushes Korea into a state of emergency. Those on an express train to Busan, a city that has successfully fended off the viral outbreak, must fight for their own survival…
"Train to Busan" pulses with relentless locomotive momentum.
For almost 45 minutes, Yeon Sang-ho s new film is on pace to become the best, most urgent zombie movie since 28 Days Later.
Yeon Sang-ho has instantly transformed himself into Korea s go-to-guy for zombie movies.
Breathless and brutal, the film is akin to someone smashing together 28 Days Later with Snowpiercer and then convincing Mad Max s George Miller to help out on some of the action scenes.
Sprinting right out of the gate, the director, Yeon Sang-ho, dives gleefully into a sandbox of spilled brains and smug entitlement.
"Train to Busan" is really a feast for the scary, gymnastic bit players: contorting their bodies, baring teeth and running full bore. On this express, they re a first-class menace indeed.
The most purely entertaining zombie film in some time, finding echoes of George Romero s and Danny Boyle s work, but delivering something unique for an era in which kindness to others seems more essential than ever.
In the manner of the most enjoyable horror pictures, every time you think things can t get worse, they do.
It may not be something we ve never seen before, but it s something we can benefit from seeing again.
Really, the result is first-class throughout.