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Train to Busan review: Trapped aboard a ride to terror

By Damon Smith

Workaholic husband Seok-woo (Gong Yoo) begrudgingly agrees to take his young daughter Su-an (Kim Su-an) to Busan to see her mother for her birthday. They board the KTX bullet train just as a mysterious viral outbreak forces the government to declare martial law.

Alas, the contagion is already on board and spreads like wildfire as passengers bite each other, spraying blood throughout the scream-filled carriages. Seok-woo and Su-an survive the initial attacks along with fellow passenger Sang-hwa (Ma Dong-seok) and his pregnant wife Seong-kyeong (Jung Yu-mi). Directed with giddy abandon by Yeon Sang-ho, Train To Busan is a blood-soaked South Korean zombie horror that marries the gore and twisted morality of The Walking Dead with the thrills and spills of The Raid. As a satire, Train To Busan has plenty of bite.

Four stars

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