Very good lightening quick characterizations. Something seemingly small and yet many films fail miserably in the attempt. There was a bit of class commentary/ warfare; obviously less than Snowpiercer. Perhaps why this was so popular. Standard genre tropes done well with fast action and a little diet class warfare is a recipe for a B-movie hit. Need more Korean train movies; Snowpiercer and this one are not enough.
It doesn't exactly reinvent the wheel. but the fact that it provides a concise and entertaining action with characters you actually care about (and a nice personal redemption story as a bonus) makes "Train to Busan" way better than most of the hot crap that Hollywood has been churning out during the zombie craze years.
Nel mare magnum degli zombie-movie degli ultimi due o tre lustri, questa variante coreana “sulle rotaie” mi è sembrata una delle più originali e riuscite: nulla per cui strapparsi i capelli, ok, ma non ci si annoia e l’idea dell’ambientare il film quasi tutto a bordo di un treno è stata sfruttata appieno, con un sacco di idee intelligenti e di situazioni più o meno inedite per il genere.
I've had it with these motherf*cking zombies on this motherf*cking train! A surprisingly wholesome zombie flick threaded with a motif of selfishness versus self-sacrifice that doesn't really break any fresh ground, but still manages to be engaging through interesting visual set pieces and emotional intelligence... Worth the two hours, is my opinion....
It's hard to imagine a more powerful sub-genre piece. There's a sense of paranoia in the beginning that creeps from the weird animal behavior, until it reaches the headlines. But it remains deeply personal journey, deprived of social and class differences, where humanity and care for the closest is the only engine of survival. Devastating results are thus harder to watch, even if there's a light out on the horizon.