Parents' Guide to

Train to Busan

By Tom Cassidy, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

South Korean zombie action film is intense, bloody, violent.

Movie NR 2016 118 minutes
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age 14+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 15+

A tense train ride!

Another fantastic example of Korean cinema. A fun zombie flick that has you on the edge of your seat. It grips you once you're on that train and does not let you go. The performances of the zombies are top notch and shows, just like Hitchcock's The Lady Vanishes, that trains are the perfect location for a suspense thriller. It's also a great touch that they seem to be in the most danger in full daylight than in darkness. It makes you want to root and cheer and be swept away in this well shot zombie apocalypse.
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age 15+

Is It Any Good?

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The zombie genre is so well worn, anything fresh to sink your teeth into is always darkly delicious. As such, writer-director Sang-ho Yeon's smashing together of the disaster movie genre with modern running zombies -- and all the frantic, breathless action they bring with them -- makes Train to Busan a treat for fans of both genres. Here a diverse group of people are brought together to fend off zombies on a very narrow train. This includes Seok-woo (Gong Yoo) and his young daughter, Su-an (a brilliant Su-an Kim). Throwing a kid in the mix adds heft to the drama, as does pregnant character, Seong-kyeong (Yu-mi Jung). When key events kick off midway, the realization that you've grown to care for the main gang serves to up the emotional investment as the action continues to escalate.

Setting it apart from most horror movies, nearly all the action in Train to Busan takes place in daylight, adding an eerie, mundane quality. The sleepy train carriages are easily recognizable until the blood baths occur. Masterful touches such as having a baseball team onboard to add a believable reason for the survivors to have access to weapons is simply a delight. More an action thrill ride than a chilling horror, this is a refreshing and exhilarating movie that packs a few emotional punches alongside its blood-soaked action.

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