Train to Busan
“Whatever you do, you must finish what you started,” Seok-woo (Gong Yoo)
One was expecting more from writer-director Yeon Sang-ho, whose brand of scathing misanthropy has carved a distinctive vein in the world of animation (KING OF PIGS, THE FAKE). Applying his previous sensibility to a zombie action movie had me salivating at the prospects. Instead we have a conventional disaster movie (think THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE), which seems to embrace ticking off genre clichés without irony. That’s not to say TRAIN TO BUSAN is not fun, there are at times exciting combat sequences, showcasing director Yeon’s seamless transition to live action filmmaking. It is doubly a shame then he did not bring his more cynical eye.
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