mum and dad
I finally did it! I finally got round to watching the biggest zombie/infected film of the year - and I was not disappointed in anyway! Anyway at all! 'While a zombie virus breaks out in South Korea, passengers struggle to survive on the train from Seoul to Busan.' My god, this film is a gem. I would say hidden, but it's really quite well known...
The thing about Train to Busan is that it's not really an original story, the whole dad who doesn't see his kid enough and who you pretty much don't like and then has to try and save said child from some evil thing - kind of like War of the Worlds... The new Tom Cruise one, obviously.
Saying that though, it isn't a bad thing, it does follow that story but it is done so well.
This is a tricky review as well as there are a lot of different things in this film compared to other films similar to it, and I am not sure if saying about those 'changes' counts as spoilers or not.. What I am going to do, is a little spoiler free review here, in this little paragraph, and then after this get into more detail that could be considered spoilers to some. Okay, here goes.
Train to Busan is an incredible film, I thought it had it all - a known storyline, but one that was pretty much turned on its head and twisted all over the place. It has complex, indepth characters who do make you wonder if you like them or not, changing your mind on that throughout the film - all great actors may I add. Apart from I don't think the two old ladies in it were actually that old - not a bad thing, just a little thought of mine... The story is simple, it's easy to follow, but it has layers, it keeps you guessing and keeps you on the edge of your seat - like right on the edge, like your bum cheek is just hanging on.
It also offers you lots of twists in simple things that you thought you knew, like the infected, they are not what you think...but I can't say anymore about that as it does come under what I would think is a spoiler...
It's just a great film, like a really clever entertaining, creepy film - I don't think I can say anymore so I shall finish the spoiler free bit there - by just saying see this film!
Right, now the spoiler free one is done, here comes the spoilers - if you really don't want to know anything or haven't seen it and don't want to know, stop reading! SPOILERS.
Train to Busan is clever, like very very clever - it throws twists here and there at you, starting from right from the start when the lady gets on the train and into a toilet. They open the toilet, you think she's in there, but wait, they have opened another toilet door! Throwing a bus at you there. And then not only that, but then the fact that you have so many quickly becoming infected people, who can run too...., and that some of the carts on the train have no idea. It's so clever, it's like a wave of them going up the train to the rest of the people who have no idea, you know, but they don't. And then they all get attacked, ahhhh! And do they get attacked, dear god, it's a brilliant slaughter house. They get attacked and then change, in minutes and change into the creepiest dead eyed people ever - shout out to the one eyed infected train worker, smiling - you go, bro!
I also loved the idea that the infected can't sense anything when it's dark apart from sound, what a great idea and a really good thing to add to scenes, and adds to the tension really well. That scene with the tunnels - damn.
One thing I did think of after watching this though, it's like Game of Thrones, in the way that ANYONE COULD DIE. I mean, that's the only thing similar but still, ANYONE COULD LITERALLY DIE. And people literally do. By the time the credits roll, two are left, TWO. I was heartbroken when most of them died, especially the cocky guy who literally threw people around like he was some wrestler, and obviously the dad, Seok-Woo, his death was heartbreaking and so close to the end too. He was so close to the end too! He had changed too, he started as a dick and realised his wrongs...then he gets bitten. Yeah, it's a cliche, the dick changes into a good guy, but he realises by being thrown in at the deep end. He starts as just trying to save him and his daughter but realises he needs to do more. It fits. Cliche but it fits.
I also don't like kids in movies, and I have to admit, I hated the kid to start with, but she did grow on me, and god, she's a good little actress. This is that good a film, I didn't even really mind the kid in it...
So there it is, my review, if I haven't already got the message over; SEE THIS MOVIE. And I'm out. SEE IT.
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