Indie Gems: Train to Busan
Do you know what movie I shouldn't have to file under "Indie Gems?" This one. This film at its height was opened in 36 theaters total across the U.S. From what I could find, it was a big hit in its native South Korea and other Asian countries but it didn't find its footing here. A film like this should've been given a wide release. People need to get over their fear of subtitles.
Anywho, Train to Busan follows a very preoccupied father, Seok Woo (Yoo Gong) whose daughter, Soo-an (Soo-an Kim) begs him to take her to see her mother in Busan for her birthday. He's a workaholic, but after being guilt tripped a bit he plans to take the train there quickly and come back. A sick passenger also boards the train, and when they die, they turn into zombies. Suddenly the mass outbreak that is now affecting the other cities is effecting the moving train, and Seok Woo, Soo-an, and a group of other passengers must fight their way through.
The thing about most zombie movies is at the end of it, I really don't care that much about the characters. Sure, you root for them along the way, but most of the time I feel like I watch for gore. Train to Busan is different. I felt for these characters, I nearly cried when I lost some of them. The tension built in some scenes was incredible. It had the perfect blend of creepy, loving, intense, and subtly amusing.
Acting wise, my favorite performances were Dong-seok Ma and Yu-mi Jung who play a couple expecting a child. They were wonderful and truthfully exactly the kind of people I would want to be around if this ever happened.
Memorable quote: "Hurry up, asshole!" - Sang Hwa (Dong-seok Ma)