Train to Busan is a survival movie. No theories about zombies, or how it affects the world, or a different take on making a zombie flick. It is simply people being attacked by zombies and them trying to fend it off and look for a safe place. As in survival movies, it focuses on a group of survivors who just happen to team up due to the circumstances. The group is composed of a single father and his daughter, a married couple awaiting the birth of their first child, schoolmates, among others. Supporting characters also come to play in order to keep the movie going.
For a simple, straight point zombie flick, this is entertaining. There are no lull moments as events quickly escalate, leaving no breathing room. However, the movie also has its emotional core, testing humanity’s reaction in the face of chaos. The movie doesn’t shy away from the bad and the good; the moments of heroism contrasting with cowardice. The movie's lack of character development worked to its advantage because not only did it keep the plot moving, but also solidifying its intent to be a well-made survival flick.
Original Title: Busanhaeng
Cast: Yoo Gong, Soon-an Kim, Yu-mi Jeong
Director: Sang-ho Yeon