The Train to Busan is a superior zombie movie. Just as in Shaun of the Dead, the zombies are a metaphor for how city-dwellers are all too often desensitized by the selfish, uncaring and ravenous demands of modern life. Unlike in Shaun of the Dead, however, everything in The Train to Busan is played out with an horrific, all-too-serious realism. The story follows a fund manager who has to rediscover his humanity and learn to care about (not to mention work with) others if he is to survive… and if he is to save his young daughter. The zombies are mindless but inexorable – they keep coming until our group of protagonists is whittled down to only those who are prepared to look out for each other. Then they have to start sacrificing themselves if any are to survive. Is it worth saving the old? Not really. Is it worth saving the high school lovers? What about the working class guy (he really does have no manners, even if he is useful in a fight)? What about the little girl? Surely she’s simply holding them all back. Or is she humanity’s hope for the future? In the end, when the survival of the species is at stake, is any single person really worth saving over another? Well worth a look. 8 out of 10 from me. Currently free to view if you’re an Amazon Prime member.
Zombies on the Train to Busan