Dernier train pour Busan, sequel to Seoul Station (presented at the 2016 Annecy International Animation Film Festival), is the new Korean horror thriller of the moment.



Survival with a simple and practical concept

The story takes us on board a fast train that has to take its passengers from Seoul to Busan: the problem is that a zombie gets on the train and wreaks havoc. As a result, passengers, including a man and his little girl, have to fight to get to Busan alive, not knowing whether the city is still a peaceful zone.

No way out, just a few baseball bats to defend themselves and hordes of creepy zombies: the concept is simple and does not lie to us about the announcement of mass carnage. Everything is being done to ensure that the number of victims increases rapidly, and chases on a train obviously cannot last long.

Highway to hell

As soon as the train starts to roll, the action really starts and doesn’t let up until the last moment. The blood is flowing a lot, it’s inevitable, the zombies are raining (literally) but the tension is paramount and is the main interest of the film. So we’re talking more about a horror thriller than a gore film, that’s to say! We hold our breath during many sequences and the monsters are very scary, especially in the way they move.

Director Yoeon Sang-ho has given himself the means to propose a very nervous film that doesn’t take the easy way out. Also, after the surprise of the zombie invasion, the characters start to think and use cunning to survive. As for the action scenes, they are very engaging with some impressive and sometimes even hallucinating passages, which have nothing to envy to a World War Z, and even some original ideas.

Moreover, the Korean actors – efficient and experienced at home (the main roles, Gong Yoo, JungYu-mi and MaDong-seok have an impressive filmography) – are not really known in our country: so much the better, it allows us to better identify ourselves with the microcosm represented. As for Kim Su-an, the little girl in the film, she’s very moving.

A political reflection

Following the example of Transperceneige (an obvious reference!) and Georges A’s films. Romero, the director infuses a message into his film and attacks capitalists and big bosses. Thus, the “burglars” think only of saving their own skin and shamelessly sacrifice others, while ordinary people are driven by the values of family and friendship: the intention is commendable but the message is not very subtle.

One hell of a ride

If you still have to be a zombie movie lover to enjoy it, Last train to Busan has all the good entertainment and deserves the trip (by train). See you in theatres on August 17 or in preview!

Modified on 01/06/2018 at 15h36