Quarantine and….zombies? Spoiler-free review: Train to Busan

Quarantine and….zombies? Spoiler-free review: Train to Busan

Holy s*it, y’all.

I’m only 4 years late, but last night while scrolling through Netflix looking for something to watch, I stumbled across Train to Busan and thought, “I’m in quarantine….zombies? Why not?” 🤷🏽‍♀️ I wasn’t expecting much. 

But, man, was I in for a surprise! 

For those of you who haven’t seen the movie, I encourage you to watch it because, well, #quarantinelife. As if you have anything else to do!

It’s a thrilling, tearjerking, suspenseful, riveting movie all wrapped into one, gory, horror-filled, zombie-filled gift. 🎁

The Story

A man, his estranged daughter, and other passengers become trapped on a speeding train during a zombie outbreak in South Korea. Not enough to entice you? 

Read on.

The movie is 2 hours long and the majority of the scenes take place on the train. Each scene is more intense than the previous one with the amount of action never being too much. Just when you think the passengers have successfully resolved one problem, something else happens. This alone kept me deeply engaged – anxious to know what was going to happen next. 

All the Feels

I was literally on the edge of my seat for the majority of the time, experiencing nearly every emotion known to humans. I screamed, laughed, cursed, and cried. 😱🤣🤬😢 

Throughout the film, I found myself experiencing love and hate emotions towards some of the characters. The way the movie starts out has you assuming some characters are the “good guys”. As the movie progresses, you discover that they aren’t so good and their behaviors have you wishing they’d die by the hands (or in this case, bite) of the zombies. I wish I could go into detail about the movie, but this is a spoiler-free review. 

Why do they have to be so fast!?

Probably the most shocking part of the movie is how fast those damn zombies moved! 😮 They’re not the slow-moving zombies we’re used to seeing in other movies. You know, the ones the actors can easily get away from and when they don’t, you yell at the screen “like, what the f*ck?”. Nope, these zombies move faster than they should and faster than you want especially when you’re watching the characters you’re rooting for trying to escape. Obviously, these little speed demons are what makes the movie more intense, but their speed and agility is definitely quite unsettling to watch! 

All I kept thinking throughout the movie, was “how the hell do these actors film this s*it without actually being freaked out?” I couldn’t do it. The costumes, the effects, the sounds, the everything was just absolutely phenomenal. It takes a lot for me to be fully enthralled into a movie the way I was watching Train to Busan. I couldn’t get enough. Many kudos to the director et al. Even more kudos because they’re my people (Koreans) 🇰🇷 and they did one helluva job making this film. I’m one proud quarter Korean 😁

Sequel Coming Soon

The director did a great job maximizing every moment. It never felt like the movie was going too fast or too slow. While there are certain characters who, I believe, should have had different fates, it doesn’t change my overall thoughts on the movie. In fact, the way it ended left me wanting more. By far, one of the best zombie movies I’ve watched.

Fortunately for the fans, there will be a sequel, Peninsula, scheduled for release in July. 👏🏽 I’ll be at the theater watching it. Or, if still quarantined (God, let’s hope not), paying the $19.99 to stream it from On Demand. I’m really looking forward to seeing how they direct it. 

If you don’t believe me about how good freaking amazing this movie is, check out the reviews on Rotten Tomatoes (93%) and IMDB (7.5/10). If you’re into zombies and gore (or even if you’re not), you won’t be disappointed! 🙏🏼