You see unknowingly Seek Woo is actually saving his daughter as he and the other passengers of the train are inadvertently ﬂeeing an industrial accident that is rapidly turning the inhabitants of Seoul and indeed much of South Korea into a horde of ravenous zombies. Unfortunately the virus has found it’s way onto the train and whilst they slowly learn of the country collapsing around them the passengers ﬁnd they must ﬁght for their lives and hope that somewhere along the line they ﬁnd safety. Seek Woo is about to learn he has to be a better father and person in the harshest way possible.
You might know this movie as that South Korean zombie ﬁlm people like me won’t shut up about and it deﬁnitely lives up to the hype. I went in excited for this ﬁlm (often a dangerous prospect) but I was not disappointed, in fact my expectations were exceeded, and as neither a fan of horror or zombies this is saying something. My DVD collection in this category pretty much consists of the original 'Evil Dead' and 'Shaun of the Dead', but will soon include 'Train To Busan' as well.
It’s also nice to see a zombie movie where the zombies are a real threat. I know that sounds weird but most of the time the problem in a zombie apocalypse seems like the other people who are stuck in it with you. Here the zombies are a relentless terrifying horde turning people into a rabid frenzy, you really get the sense that all they want to do is kill, and not for any purpose just because they need to. It’s scary and the mechanics of it are played out familiar enough that they don’t need to waste time explaining what’s happening to us, but also with a couple of interesting new twists that ﬁt neatly into the story and add to the tension in some extremely well crafted set pieces.
If you’re a horror fan and a zombie movie fan in particular I don’t know why you’re even asking me if you should be watching this ﬁlm, just get out and see it. And if you aren’t but are curious you should still get out and see it, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.
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