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« on: March 25, 2017, 04:34:13 PM »

Train to Busan!!!

If you're in the mood for a soothing, pastoral foreign film introspectively studying the human condition, this is not that film. IF, on the other hand, you're looking for some intense zombie fighting while trapped on a Korean train, this is the movie for you (there are some good bits about the human condition, too, if you're willing to look for them).

Not perfect, but a fantastic way to spend a couple of hours.
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« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2017, 04:48:39 PM »

Be warned, ninja2 Ninjas ninja may start cutting onions while you are watching this film  
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« Reply #2 on: March 26, 2017, 03:07:46 AM »

I caught it in a theater during its extremely limited US run last year. I raved about it, I thought I created a thread here on it but I guess i didn't; probably I just raved about it on Facebook.  icon_smile

I picked it up on DVD recently as well.

I think the main thing it does better than so many dreary zombie films is that it has characters you mostly care about and root for, who make sacrifices for each other. If you don't have that, then all you have is a bunch of CGI and prosthetics and not much reason to bother watching.
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« Reply #3 on: March 26, 2017, 06:44:30 AM »

Agreed.  I finally just watched Juan of the Dead.  Unfortunately, my reasons for watching it were largely because I enjoyed Train to Busan so much, and it just didn't measure up.  I'd heard really good things, and I suspect that if I'd seen it earlier, I might have been more impressed.  However, that movie also did a pretty good job of giving you unique characters to root for, even if they wound up feeling pretty shallow compared to Busan.
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« Reply #4 on: March 26, 2017, 03:42:01 PM »

This is an awesome movie, well worth anyone checking it out!  It's available for streaming on Netflix in the US, so if you have a subscription you should check it out!

I really enjoyed just how real the zombies felt, like actually running and climbing and falling and face planting...it just gave them a realistic gravity you don't see in many zombie movies (especially CGI fests like World War Z).
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« Reply #5 on: March 26, 2017, 04:08:45 PM »

A link to Netflix is in the OP, BTW.

There were a couple of piling zombie shots that reminded me of stuff I'd seen from WWZ (never watched the movie, though), but as you said, there's a gravity to it, a physicality that makes it believable.

The CGI in Train isn't always perfect, but for the most part it's pretty damned great.  They use it well, I think, too, not going overboard, but to good effect when needed.
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