Saturday, September 17, 2016

Movie Review: Train To Busan

Train To Busan: A man (Gong Yoo), his estranged daughter and other passengers become trapped on a speeding train during a zombie outbreak in South Korea.

Rating: ★★★★★ (4.7 out of 5)

Review: Though I'm a huge fan of horror and gory stuffs, somehow zombies never made it to the top of my favs. I do enjoy World War Z (because holy crap the zombies were extremely fast!) and Warm Bodies (Nicholas Hoult is such a cutie), but I'm never amazed by The Walking Dead. The undead caked with dried up blood was not something I like to watch at most times, I guess. But when a friend showed me the trailer of Train To Busan when it was just released in South Korea, I can't help but be wowed by the plot. Plus, most horror movies from South Korea that I have watched contain something meaningful in them (more often the value of family or friendship) compared to western movies, so I was more than eager to watch Train To Busan.

It didn't occur to me that a month or two after that, I'd be travelling a few hundred miles to watch it at the movies with my girlfriends. But I was glad we did, every penny spent on the movie (and the journey) was definitely worth it! Though I was amazed by the whole production of the movie, I still have some mixed feelings about it. I loved it to bits, but at the same time I'm so mad at the story plot.

Train To Busan started with a busy father, Seok Woo, and his daughter, Soo An, riding a train to visit Soo An's mother in Busan. Everything seemed fine, but small accidents started appearing around the city including a huge fire on a building and Soo An seeing something attacking the train conductor (?) when the train started to move. And then an injured woman managed to escape the attacks of the unknown things and stepped into their train. A female staff tried to help, and that was when all hell broke lose.

The moment the thing, or zombie, started to bite, everything started to look horrifying. The transition from a human towards a zombie was so horrible, I'm pretty sure weak-hearted or blood-phobic watchers wouldn't be able to watch it. The production was a bomb though, everything looked realistic and believable (despite the fact that the scenes were mostly done on a green screen).

Like I've mentioned above, most Korean horror movies that I've watched had values in them, and Train To Busan was no exception. Seok Woo was a selfish man at first, but after the encounter with the zombies and almost losing his daughter, he became a very selfless person. Along with a married couple, Sang Hwa and Sung Kyung, two students, Gi Cheol and Jin Hee, and a homeless man, the seven of them managed to go far. But not everything went as what we rooted, one by one, we lost the heroes.

I have never cried so much after watching a movie, Train To Busan was the first to me. I cried when Sang Hwa sacrificed himself to save the others and his wife had to watch him die; when Jin Hee was bitten and Gi Cheol cradled her, not caring that she turned into a zombie after that and killed him because she meant so much to him; when Seok Woo was bitten in front of his daughter and had to leave her in the care of Sung Kyung, killing himself before he turned into a zombie so as not to hurt his daughter (the scene when he remembered when Soo An was still a baby was so heartbreaking); and when Soo An sang the song that was meant for her father when she walked into the tunnel with Sung Kyung when they arrived in Busan.

"Yeon Sang-ho’s South Korean zombie film “Train to Busan” opened in U.S. theaters in July, and those who have gotten around to seeing it can probably tell why the film has become a box office phenomenon in its home country. Combining elements of “Snowpiercer” and “World War Z,” the energized horror flick follows a group of passengers who must survive a zombie outbreak while on a speeding train and features the kind of virtuoso camerawork and adrenaline-fueled set pieces that make you stand up and cheer. - Indiewire
Oh yes, the whole cinema definitely cheered (and cursed) aloud along the movie. Train To Busan portrayed so much emotions within it, making it one of the best movies ever produced (in my opinion, of course). It shows that being selfish will only bring you down and what you give, you will get back. It shows that family and friends matter the most, and every sacrifice you made for the loved ones are worth it. It also shows that being kind is something that should be done not only to the people that we know and care about, but we should be kind to everyone who deserves it. If I'm given another opportunity to re-watch this movie, I'd definitely do it. I'm just hoping none of this zombie and virus infection thing happens in real life though.

There have been talks about a sequel for Train To Busan, which I don't really think is necessary, but I still would watch it anyway. Rumours about Lee Min Ho starring in the sequel had been circulating around, and hey, if Lee Min Ho is starring in an action thriller zombie movie, that's definitely my call ─=≡Σ((( V๑◉∀◉)つ

Till next time ♡ Love, Aera

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