"Self-Sacrifice Brings People Together"
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TRAIN TO BUSAN is relentlessly exciting. The zombies find seemingly infinite ways to chase and terrify the humans. The humans, in turn, have to use every ounce of ingenuity, courage and strength to fight back by outwitting and killing the zombies. TRAIN TO BUSAN has a redemptive worldview promoting sacrifice and family, with strong moral elements. Due to its graphic, bloody violence, TRAIN TO BUSAN merits extreme caution, especially for more sensitive viewers.
(C, BB, L, VVV, M) Light redemptive worldview with strong moral elements where the father is a sacrificial hero trying to protect his daughter and others from people, who become zombies due to an experimental virus; four obscenities and two strong profanities; very strong and strong, graphic violence such as countless people turn into zombies and try to eat others to infect them as well, horrific makeup showing their transformation is seen throughout the movie, bloody effects of being bitten and falling down and getting stomped on are shown, humans fight to stay alive by all sorts of violent means, people stomp on zombies, people stab zombies and hit zombies with baseball bats, one person keeps hitting one zombie in the head, huge piles of zombies join to form a lengthy train of bodies in one sequence, and hero’s daughter is clearly traumatized by the violence and scary zombies; no sex; no nudity; no alcohol; no smoking or drugs; and, some of the humans fighting the zombies to stay alive act selfishly.
TRAIN TO BUSAN is a breakneck science fiction thriller from South Korea about a father and young daughter trapped on a speeding train filled with zombies, hoping to stay alive long enough to reach the safe city of Busan. TRAIN TO BUSAN has a light redemptive worldview with strong moral elements focusing on the love of the father selflessly sacrificing himself for his daughter and others, but the movie’s intense, graphic violence and scary zombies warrant extreme caution, especially for more sensitive viewers.
The movie follows a South Korean businessman and divorced father, who hasn’t been paying enough attention to his young daughter. When she needs to travel to the city of Busan to visit her mother, she begs her father to come along on the train, and he agrees to go.
What they don’t realize until they’re on the train is that a virus has been accidentally unleashed by a South Korean military base. The virus is turning millions of people who come into contact with it into zombies within minutes. The government has announced, however, that the military has set up a safe zone in the city of Busan. So, the father and daughter, and about a dozen other people jump aboard the train determined to make it to Busan at any cost.
The resulting train ride is relentlessly exciting, as the zombie hordes find seemingly infinite ways to chase and terrify the innocent survivors. The humans, in turn, have to use every ounce of ingenuity, courage and strength to fight back by outwitting and, when necessary, brutally attacking the zombies in return.
The many clever ways that the surviving humans employ to stay alive are a nail biting wonder to behold. In fact, it would be a disservice to give them away here. Suffice it to say that Writer Director Yeon Sang-ho knows how to put people on the edge of their seats and then turn them into emotional wrecks when some of the humans sacrifice themselves for the greater good of saving other people’s lives.
TRAIN TO BUSAN is a powerful addition to the sci-fi subgenre of zombie films, mixing exciting action, stunning performances, inventive plotting, and a powerful exploration of good and bad human nature in times of crisis to make a movie that will stand the test of time. It has a redemptive worldview promoting sacrifice and family, with strong moral elements. Due to its graphic violence, however, it’s strictly for older teenagers and adults. Thus, TRAIN TO BUSAN merits extreme caution, especially for sensitive viewers who trouble handling intense violence, graphic bloodshed and scary zombies.