TRAIN TO BUSAN (2016): The Things I Liked…

Train to Busan (2016), Well Go USA Entertainment
Train to Busan (2016), Well Go USA Entertainment

Train to Busan is as good as everyone said it is. It delivers a thrilling ride with one nail-biting event after another to keep things interesting.

Starring Yoo Gong, Jung Yu-mi and Dong-seok Ma; its guaranteed that Train to Busan is going to break your heart. Because, well, it is a zombie apocalypse movie. A subgenre of film I don’t often watch, but this one is special.

Directed by Sang-ho Yeon; there’s a good mix of interesting characters in this story. Exactly the kind you’d expect on your ordinary commute. That is until the inevitable zombie infestation happens. Then you get a good look at the variety of human beings out there. From the incredibly selfish to the less so and everything in between. You’ll likely find yourself wondering about the kind of human you might be in a situation where everyone is desperately struggling to survive. Do you know and will you like yourself, or care if you don’t? I know what I want to believe about me. Yet, I feel it would be quite foolish to proclaim to know for sure.

I enjoyed the visual effects, action scenes and much of the acting. I say ‘much’ and not ‘all’ because I did catch a moment where one character’s expression seemed far calmer than it should have been during a grave situation. And by ‘calm’, I don’t mean the kind that comes over you when you’re ‘shocked into inaction’.

In addition to the expressionless face, the only other downside to Train to Busan for me is the use of one or two movie-making tropes. An example being, keeping a seemingly underdeveloped character around, just so they can perform one or two key tasks to advance the story.

Even with the few elements I didn’t love about the film, Train to Busan remains worth watching. Especially since I wouldn’t call it ‘nightmare-inducing scary‘. What it is is a fun, affecting ride with good zombie action sequences, special effects and notable performances; particularly by young Su-an Kim.

Happy Film Loving


7 thoughts on “TRAIN TO BUSAN (2016): The Things I Liked…”

  1. I saw this a few years ago and really enjoyed it. At the time I saw it, it was a different take on some of the zombie apocalypse movies I had seen. I too enjoyed the fast pace and the suspense. I did wish you got to know some of the characters more, but that’s how it sometimes goes in these kind of movies I suppose.

    1. Glad you enjoyed it too! I have to make time to watch the sequel, hopefully before the end of this year. Fingers crossed it’s also fast-paced and fun. It’s probably a testament to the character development that some of the people were so interesting, we were desperate to know more! 😁 That’s certainly one way to look at it. 🤓

  2. i’m not that fast at watching movies, but i like your blog. When I’m looking for a film, I always look in here to find a nice film. Thanks a lot for this. ;))))) Best regards

    1. Thanks so much for the compliment! 💗 It’s my pleasure to share my thoughts on the films I’ve seen and those I’m excited about. Thank YOU for your gorgeous images too. They’re part of my weekly commitment to exposing myself to as many beautiful and colourful images as possible. Have a great weekend! 🤓

      1. You’re so nice I thank you. I like to take pictures and I am happy when someone likes them and how I see the world. Best regards

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