The zombie genre is feeling as tired as ever. "Busan" moves at a good clip, but at the expense of the endearing characters and emoting I so admire Korean genre cinema for -- there are some neat shots of zombies overflowing into train cars, but it feels very thin, as "World War Z" did.
Clever in its action-horror set pieces, but the massive loss of life is is quite apathetic with so many vapid and tepid characters, while the family drama of its leads is rudimentary. It's a bloated action film with zero cares or tears. Richer character specificity could've worked wonders, allowing time for its melodrama to become a drama and more deaths to be emotional. See the prior year's, I Am A Hero, instead.
I was surprised with how good it actually was. It is the best use of the "fast/rabid" kind of zombie since the remake of Dawn of the Dead. Wouldn't say its scary but it is enjoyable and has moments where the tension builds nicely. Overall a refreshing change of pace and a step above the majority of the stagnate fodder thats gets released within the zombie genre nowadays.
Perfecta mezcla de zombie film y melodrama enloquecido, Train To Busan puede ponerse un poco empalagosa en su aspecto sentimental pero lo dulce se balancea con dosis de suspenso y adrenalina que no solo exhiben una gran comprensión de los géneros escencialmente populares sino también una maestría en el uso del espacio para la aparición de lo político. Esto es cine como espectáculo consciente de sus posibilidades.
It's 28 days later! On a train! And the hero is a hedge fund manager. Wait... That's just too much. Running zombies are believable enough but altruistic hedge fund managers are just too far fetched (What's next? The president of the IMF is not corrupted to the core?). Ultimately, Train to Busan looks like an episode of World War Z. Not necessarily a negative criticism, by the way.
My last film in 2016/ first film in 2017. Horde of zombies like crazed contemporary dancer (that horrid awakening!), terrific avalanche of blood & guts in second part, Dong-seok Ma "the Korean teddybear," who strikes zombies with bare hands....there are many interesting elements but drama part laden with dull cliches diminish that virtures. C'mon, show me not familial love, but MORE bloody disgusting zombies!!!
"Busan" borrows the narrative device, if not the class commentary, of "Snowpiercer," and I ask: what's wrong with that? The concept of a motley crew of strangers forced to travel from train car to train car under constant threat is a stellar one, and "Busan" utilizes it to successfully invigorate the tired zombie genre. One again, Korea runs laps around Hollywood when it comes to slick, commercial entertainment.
Let's face it - no longer should we dismiss genre movies made in the east as "inferior" to the west. After the masterful silat performance in The Raid drew the attention of the rest of the world to a blooming industry of popular cinema in Indonesia, perhaps it is time that we start devoting efforts into understanding how non-Hollywood blockbusters reflect the collective consciousness of Eastern cinema and its people