*****THIS POST CONTAINS SPOILERS*****
Train to Busan is a South Korean film depicting a zombie apocalypse outbreak that occurs while passengers are aboard a train to the Korean city, Busan. A man is taking his daughter to Busan so she can be with her mother.
I finally got around to seeing this film that has been talked about so much that Hollywood has decided to make an American rendition of the film. While the movie had a lot of violence and gore (really cheap makeup), and action scenes, I think the overall message of the film was to praise fathers. It was designed to make this father that was really a crappy father prove himself through all these trials and then at the end, leave the girl so that she could grow up better because of his example of selflessness and sacrifice.
The cast was phenomenal except maybe the baseball player boy that was dating Sohee. His acting was pretty terrible, but he made it work. Like I said, I don't think the point of this movie was to be all action and gore. If they wanted a gory movie, Korea has the means to do that. The point of this movie was to present an idea or a message and deliver in a unique way. It was really nice to see Sohee in this movie. I didn't know that she was in it and it took me by surprise to see her appear in the film.
This movie is more a drama than a horror film and I think some of the saddest scenes were really well done. Of course every death scene is terrible and heart-wrenching. However, the scene that brought me to tears, as I sure it did to most of you, is the scene where Gong Yoo gets bitten and says goodbye to his daughter. The moment when he rips her hand away from his shirt just destroyed me. That was the saddest fucking movie I've ever seen.
What I found interesting is that the main character, Gong Yoo, dies in the end. In fact all the main characters die except for the little girl and the pregnant lady. Another death that hurt me was Sohee's death and then the boy just holds her and accepts his fate. That death scene was powerful.
Now let's talk about how Hollywood is going to fuck this up. First off, they are going to take the overall theme and throw it out the window. The story is clearly about a man trying to make up with his daughter by taking her to see her mother in a far away city or town. What they are going to do is make it about a man taking his daughter on a vacation and then the train gets hit with the zombie virus.
Secondly, they are going to keep as many characters alive as possible because Americans don't like sad or thought-provoking endings; we all just want a happy ending. So the father, daughter, man and his pregnant wife, and maybe the baseball player and cheerleader will make it. I think the bum will die.
Thirdly, they will change a lot about how the zombies behave. While this movie's zombies are far from what I personally think a zombie is like, it still has its features and Hollywood will take all those and just make it a Walking Dead movie on a train. These zombies are stupid, they react to light and sound, they run (which I think is a stupid feature for zombies), and their transformation time varies between person.
This movie is wonderful and I'm glad I was able to watch it before the American remake comes out and ruins it. I hope this review was helpful and I hope that you watched it or at least plan on watching it because it is definitely worth it. Remember, it's a drama movie dressed up as a horror movie. The gore is really fake looking, there are no vein tearing out like in Dawn of the Dead, and the movie is really focused on the story aspect rather than the horror. Thank you for the support and like always please like, comment, and share this post on social media. I'll see ya in the next one.
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