I don’t do well with horror/gory films – I squirm, panic, hyperventilate and most of the time I’m just covering my eyes. 😣
And somehow I still wanted to watch Train to Busan.
Really because someone told me, “Korean zombies are better than American zombies.” And with that, I just wanted to check it out.
For those who don’t know what the movie is about:
A man (Gong Yoo), his estranged daughter and other passengers become trapped on a speeding train during a zombie outbreak in South Korea.
P.S. Don’t worry! I’ll make sure not to give any real spoilers here, just in case you haven’t watched it yet. 😁
Usually I don’t write anything about movies I watch – but I found this movie to be quite different!
From the beginning of the movie, I was panicking… Because I knew something was going to happen. I mean, that’s really the plot of the story, yes? So every time the camera panned or changed scenes, I took a deep breath and prepared for a mini heart attack.
And I kept on wishing for the end to come during the entire movie – like, “Omg, just get them to safety already!!!! ARGHHH!!!”
But I actually enjoyed the movie!
For starters, the movie developed the characters pretty well. There was a background story to how the characters got to where they were; it wasn’t just immediately about them being in a zombie apocalypse. So you actually could feel connected to them – and therefore if anything does happen to them, you feel slightly affected by it.
There were relationships of all kinds present in the show – parent & child, siblings, friends, boyfriend & girlfriend, spouses… It was very cleverly crafted so that you’d feel for at least one set of the characters in the film. You really cannot help but at least understand a little bit the dilemma and hurt when someone you care about becomes a mindless zombie.
There are bits of comedic relief inserted here and there. Which I didn’t expect and found it very refreshing! So the movie wasn’t all about making you squirm and zombies eating up the living – it was also funny in the right moderation.
And I actually shed a tear during this zombie apocalypse movie. I always thought if I cried in such a show, it’ll be out of utter fear. 😰 But it was because there were very touching moments that I personally resonated deeply with and I understood the character’s extreme heartache.
It was quite embarrassing because I sniffed, then my movie date Arati, turned to me –
A: Dood, you crying?
Me: Noooo…. *hopes she cannot see since it’s dark*
A: I can see your tear!
The ending happened a little too abruptly for my liking – but overall I was just glad to stop seeing crazy zombies chewing away and walking in distorted manners.
Really enjoyed it nonetheless! I enjoyed it way more than I thought I’d enjoy a zombie movie.
If you haven’t checked it out, you really should! 😉