It must be a nightmare thinking up new ways to portray zombies, but the walking-seizuring, rictus-grinning infected of TRAIN TO BUSAN are certainly original, creepy and funny creations. You don’t need much of a shake-up in terms of the confined location – we’ve had zombies in a mall, zombies in an apartment block, zombies in an airport, zombies in a North London pub – so zombies on a train isn’t a stretch. This is classic South Korean genre fare, with black comedy and broad slapstick to accompany the horror, and as a Korean export, it’s also a zombie film where you don’t see a gun until the last 5 minutes of screen time. There’s no reason for it to be 2 hours long, and the latter stages of the journey feel padded and unnecessary, but with an incredibly likeable bunch of characters and a worthwhile message (be a good person even in the worst of situations) it’s a pretty satisfying ride. SSP
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