Finally, something with zombies in it! Train to Busan was quite the sensation overseas last year, with more than 10 million admissions in South Korea alone. Having consciously avoided all things zombie in recent months due to an acute case of shambling corpse fatigue, I was curious to see if this movie would offer a fresh take on it all. Despite leaning heavily on genre tropes - you can suss out who the protagonists will be and roughly which order they will die seconds after they're introduced - Train to Busan won me over with its cheesy melodrama and clever applications of its setting.
Seriously, there are a lot of train-specific plot points that play out here, including the incredibly silly logic that zombies (who are are capable of sprinting, leaping, and crashing through windows) are unable to open doors. It's also fun to see characters give expository speeches to each other in the confines of the train car bathrooms. If watching a muscular man body slamming a zombie against a train car's ceiling sounds like fun to you, check this out. Just be prepared for a significant amount of its running time to be dedicated to the emotional hook of "this guy wants to spend more time with his daughter now and not do work stuff as often, because zombies" being played completely straight.