Starring: Gong Yoo as Seok Woo, Ma Dong Seok as Sang Hwa,
Jung Yu Mi as Sung Kyeong, Choi Woo Shik as Yeong Guk, Ahn So Hee as Jin Hee, and Kim Soo An
as Soo An
Rating: PG-13, zombie violence
Running Time: 118 min
Twinkies: 3 1/2 bloody stars
Synopsis: Seok Woo, his estranged daughter, Soo An, and other passengers become trapped on a KTX train (high-speed train) heading from Seoul to Busan during a disastrous virus outbreak in South Korea.
Musings: Gong Yoo fans are going to love this…review over. Okay, seriously folks, this movie had it’s moments. Moments. As always, it is a good thing that I stayed awake watching it. For as long as I had this on my plan to watch list and review, I was really scared to watch this a night, figuring the zombie fest would be too much for me. Nah. Actually, I just sat there and just watched it; not in fascination but more on when were they going to explain the “Why”. Sure, we knew the “How”, not really sure of the “When” and to any good movie reviewer, these are questions we ask ourselves as we watch a movie. Why was there an outbreak? How was the infection started? When did it start? Well, it is obvious to me that not all of these questions were answered in a sufficient way which explains the need of a part 2. At this stage, I’m not on the train for Busan 2 so I’ll just live vicariously through others watching.
So, what exactly did I like about this movie? This man right here! Ma Dong Seok was simply entertaining from the beginning until…well, you have to watch. I liked his character a lot and his presence made it enjoyable.
Even the sweethearts, Yeong Guk and Jin Hee were more interesting as he denied how he felt about the girl in the beginning but worried and rescued her many times as well as not abandoning her in the end. Choi Woo Shik and Ahn So Hee were perfect in their role.
Gong Yoo as the selfish father that morphs into a human being as the movie progressed was just okay for me. I liked Gong Yoo, don’t get me wrong; but if you want to see better acting in a movie with him, watch A Man and A Woman, The Suspect, The Crucible or even his latest, The Age of Shadows. You’ll be way more impressed. One high praise I have before I go is the special effects. That train scene towards the end was impressive!! Even my horror movie fan of a daughter had good things to say at that moment, then returned to laughing. Scary? Maybe for some. But after worrying about watching this at night, in the dark, by myself; I worried for nothing.
Trailer is available on on YouTube Website only. The movie is available on various streaming websites.
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