It would take a lot for this sequel to live up to its predecessor. The 2016 South Korean film TRAIN TO BUSAN is among the very best examples of the genre, including those with names like Romero and Fulci attached to them. The bar, as they say, was set really high. In addition, I’d been looking forward to this one since I’d first learned about it, and was disappointed that it never came to theaters in my area. I for sure would have gone to see it. With that much buildup, then, could TRAIN TO BUSAN: PENINSULA possibly live up to my expectations? As far as zombie apocalypses go, I tend to prefer to be there at the beginning, to witness the outbreak. Obviously that’s not something they could do with this sequel, as the first movie has already happened. For a film that drops the viewer and its characters into an apocalypse already raging, then, TRAIN TO BUSAN: PENINSULA maintains the standard set by its predecessor. (A little too much CGI for my tastes, but otherwise.) Four years after the initial zombie outbreak, the entire Korean peninsula has been quarantined. It has basically become Zombieland. And somebody has the ingenious idea of sending people in to pick up all the money that was just left lying around when the land was abandoned. What could possibly go wrong? Plenty, of course, and in highly entertaining fashion.
WAYNE MILLER is the owner and creative director of EVIL CHEEZ PRODUCTIONS, specializing in theatrical performances and haunted attractions. He has written, produced, and directed (and occasionally acted in) over two dozen plays, most of them in the Horror and True Crime genres. He obtained a doctorate in Occult Studies from Miskatonic University and is an active paranormal investigator. Is frequently told he resembles Anton Lavey. And Ming the Merciless.
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