SEOUL STATION brings back slapstick zombies and a good punch of dark satire in its final act, but as a companion piece to TRAIN TO BUSAN, it falls rather short in terms of character. None of the supposed protagonists are compelling or even particularly interesting: most of the characters are hurriedly sketched placeholders so annoying you can’t wait for them to be eaten, the only one holding any kind of surprise used as a plot twist and little more (no, I’m not saying which). The animation is decent, but nothing all that special. Recycled frames are obvious and you miss the energy and detail of Japanese anime or even contracted-out Korean animation houses’ work on American cartoons. You wonder how the film came about, whether writer-director Yeon Sang-ho had the ideas but not the budget for two feature films, but decided to do them both anyway. For whatever reason, this is an animated prequel you can miss. SSP
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