“A smart, distinctly Korean take on the Zombie film.” – Philbert Dy, www.clickthecity.com resident critic tweeted after the advance press screening of Train to Busan at SM Megamall Cinema 6 last August 25, 2016.
While superhero films rule the box-office nowadays, and the Chinese audience are now growing almost as large as the USA, movie critics’ reviews can also make an impact to audience’s decision in watching a movie.
Asian Zombie films are kind of rare and the number of low-quality zombie films released every year may get your hopes down for Train to Busan, but thankfully it’s great! And here are the reactions of the critics worldwide on the hit Korean Zombie film:
“Really, the result is first-class throughout.” – Clark Collis, Entertainment Weekly (Full review: http://www.ew.com/article/2016/08/24/train-busan-ew-review)
“Sprinting right out of the gate, the director, Yeon Sang-ho, dives gleefully into a sandbox of spilled brains and smug entitlement.” – Jeanette Catsoulis, New York Times (Full review: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/22/movies/train-to-busan-review.html)
“In the manner of the most enjoyable horror pictures, every time you think things can’t get worse, they do.” – Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald (Full review: http://www.miamiherald.com/entertainment/movies-news-reviews/article93667637.html)
“”Train to Busan” is really a feast for the scary, gymnastic bit players: contorting their bodies, baring teeth and running full bore. On this express, they’re a first-class menace indeed.” – Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times (Full review: http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/la-et-mn-mini-train-to-busan-review-20160718-snap-story.html)
Even Filipino critics are giving Train to Busan positive reviews!
“Thrilling and clever whenever needed as it keeps you nailed on your seat, scream after scream—thanks to its convincing protesthetics, special effects, and a commendable musical scoring. Most of the time, it relies on its own conveniences to follow a rather formulaic story apparent to apocalypse and slasher movies but everything just works in the most effective ways. It could go on the verge of being unnecessarily dramatic for a zombie film in which the audience would innately care for the survivors. For all its excitement and fun, South Korea’s blockbuster hit of recent time is a must-watch for Filipinos.” 4.5 out of 5 stars – Jonell Estillore, www.cinemabravo.com
“Train to Busan successfully combines different aspects to make a decent zombie film. The hordes from World War Z are brought inside Snowpiercer’s train, and the result was freaking outstanding. The film never faltered in giving its audience something to cheer about and assembles a group of people you would instantly care. They also included a villain that will definitely heat your boiling point. “ 10 out of 10 stars- Matt Suzara, www.lakwatseralovers.blogspot.com
Train to Busan is currently 93% fresh with 29 reviews at www.rottentomatoes.com, the leading online aggregator of movie and TV show reviews from professional critics. The film opens in Philippine cinemas September 1, 2016, Thursday from Rafaella Films International.