Wow! This is no ordinary zombie flick. Unlike World War Z which features many different setting, this movie is majorly set on an express train to Busan. Despite being a debut film for Yeon Sang-ho, he did a tremendous job of delivering a captivating storyline.
It stars Gong Yoo as Seok-woo who is a divorced workaholic who barely spends time with his only daughter Su-an (Kim Soo-ahn). However, he makes it up for her by taking Su-an to visit her mother in Busan. Once they boarded the train, that’s when the action begins.
We also get introduced to other characters including Jung Yoo-mi who’s pregnant to Ma Dong-seok’s child, Choi Woo-shik and his classmate Ahn So-hee (ex-Wondergirls).
So, we slowly see the train passengers finding themselves caught amidst in a zombie apocalypse as each of the passengers, one by one, find themselves trying to run away and save themselves from being infected by the zombies.
What set this film apart from the other zombie flicks is the lesson all humans should learn:
help others instead of only watching out for yourself.
However, there’s always an outcast and this movie is no exception. I guess, it shows the selfishness of humanity as we care about saving ourselves. Even though we think that character as a jerk who’s selfish and wants to sacrifice other people’s lives for his own survival, at the end of the day, karma always comes back.
I’m not going to spoil anything major but those who survived the zombie ordeal were able to live due to the sacrifice of others – quite sad but it’s the reality.
It is definitely one of the best zombie movies which shows that we can trust in humanity.