Movie Review: Train to Busan

Train To Busan is a horror, thriller zombie flick directed by Sang-ho Yeon.

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A group of passengers try to survive a zombie infested train, hoping their destination, Busan City, can offer them relief from the zombie-infestation that’s plaguing the country.


The Good

If 28 Days Later and Snowpiercer had a baby it would be Train to Busan. This movie offered more than your typical zombie survival movie genre and added a much needed emotional pull to get the audience invested in it’s characters. Our protagonist are likable and you don’t have a problem rooting for them. However they’re also humanized as everyone are shown to have flaws of their own.

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The cinematography is great and delivered some memorable zombie chase scenes as well as intense and nail-biting sequences. The director did a wonderful job keeping you at the edge of your seat.


The Bad

Though very minimal the movie does have some problems, at certain times you can easily tell the CG zombies from the real ones and as impressive the practical zombie make ups are, being able to recognize the computer generated does take you out of the movie.


Rating

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Overall Train to Busan is a solid zombie film. Though you’ve seen similar stories before, Train to Busan still manages to deliver without being too cliched. The characters are likable, your human antagonists get on your nerves and the zombie sequences are a great plus. Train to Busan is a competently made film and highly recommend it to everyone.

Good Bad 4/5
  • Likable Characters
  • Great Cinematography
  • Intense Zombie Sequences
  • CG Zombies
  • Questionable Character Decisions
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Book Review: American Gods by Neil Gaiman

American Gods follows the extraordinary tale of an ex convict called Shadow. Recently released from a 3 year service in prison, Shadow rushes home in hopes to look into his wife’s mysterious death days before his release. However on the way home, he encounters a charming, mysterious man who calls himself Mr. Wednesday. Persuaded by Mr Wednesday’s incredibly detailed knowledge on Shadow’s life. Shadow finds himself employed under Mr Wednesday, who then drags Shadow into a world full of gods and an impending war between them.

This is the first Neil Gaiman book I’ve read and with all the awards it got I simply couldn’t wait to read the book. That said it was a decision I did not one bit regret. Having minimal knowledge on the premise of the book, I did not know what to expect, except that I’m reading a story about a man named Shadow. As the story goes on, it slowly captivates me as I turn and read every single page. Every detail, every character, every moment, every little story has a purpose to serve. All of it are cleverly connected and as the reader figures out the bigger picture it gives that sense of satisfaction you get solving an intricate puzzle.

To sum up, this book can be considered a modern mythological tale. A story that takes the reader into a magical journey and makes the reader wanting more. It is a highly recommended book for anyone to read. Whether you love fantasy or not, it is one worth spending time with. If you are a lover of Mythology, it is one you should definitely read.

Book Review: World War Z by Max Brooks

Having watched the movie first, I was curious on how the book differs from the movie but now that I have read the book I was totally caught by surprise. Rather than having a typical book structure in which most of the time we follow a story protagonist or a character, World War Z’s structure was unique and it made a very interesting read.

The writing is structured as an interview, we don’t really get to know who the interviewer is but rather we get to listen to the stories of the interviewees. That said, it is definitely one of the key aspects of this book. All the interviewees are from different parts of the world telling their own stories during the zombie invasion. Coming from China, India, Russia all the way to South Africa and so much more, it takes you on a global trip. Not only this but the professions of the interviewees ranges from soldiers to doctors to movie stars to a random teenager in his room. Of course all of these little stories, culminates to a one unforgettable story.

The interviews gives details on the genesis of the zombie war, how people coped with the rising epidemic and how the army reacted to this unusual adversity. Knowing this, it should be a very simple story to follow. There are interviews that just tells a simple yet fascinating tale but there are also interviews that are confusing and might be difficult to follow. Most of these would come from army interviews as they would usually use a lot of acronyms and slang that would be quite difficult to remember at times. Sure they tell you what it means from the start but as you read on. The definitions of said acronyms and slang gets harder and harder to remember and the fact that there were just too many makes it more difficult to follow.

But other than that, the interviews does give you tales that would take you in an emotional roller coaster ride, with twists and reveals that would leave you in shock. It gives you that surge of energy to read on to the next interview.

To conclude, World War Z is an extraordinary book that I recommend to anyone who loves a zombie story. I can easily see why the film was not made to be exactly like this book but I can only hope for an animated version of the interviews. It is an absolutely amazing take on a world wide zombie invasion.