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Lead cast: Gong Yoo, Ma Dong Seok, Jung Yu Mi, Kim Soo An
Seok Woo and his daughter take a high speed train to Busan. Just as the doors are about to close, a passenger infected with a mysterious virus dashes aboard and soon feeds on one of the attendants, causing a chain reaction, and quickly transforming the potential father-daughter journey time into a zombie fest on wheels. You can run to the nearby car, but how far can you really run on a moving bullet train?
When assessing Train To Busan, it's important to keep in mind that this is a zombie movie; it's meant to deliver entertainment value, not intellectual or emotional enlightenment. Once I came to that agreement with myself, I found that I actually enjoyed it a lot. Though I must admit there were a couple scenes that tugged at my feelings, and a couple unexpected deaths as well. So, while this is a fun intense action thriller kind of film, it's not an empty one.
The two lead zombie opposers are portrayed by Gong Yoo and Ma Dong Seok, both incredible, accomplished actors on small and big screen. I had the pleasure to see at least one major project from each, so this was a collaboration worth anticipating. Gong Yoo had always been a romantic hero in my mind, ever since Coffee Prince something like a decade ago; I was surprised to see that he is capable of kicking zombie butt just as well as wooing the ladies. On the other hand, there was no surprise at the action mastery of Ma Dong Seok who has been gaining recognition as one of the leads in popular recent crime dramas Bad Guys and Squad 38.
Gong Yoo and Ma Dong Seok show us a delightful duo of clashing personalities, with one important thing in common: they're both fathers struggling to protect their daughters from the ongoing undead apocalypse. This detail stands out from the snarling gnawing outrage. This is where it connects with the audience. Not college kids having too much time to kill (does anyone ever feel bad for those in horror films?) - but fathers protecting their daughters.
I recommend Train To Busan for horror movie fans, and if you have the opportunity, I recommend seeing this in theaters. I promise you won't get bored with this action and tension packed thriller. Enjoy the ride when Train To Busan opens in select theaters this Friday, courtesy of Well Go USA!
The past few years have been a vigorous tug-and-pull over just how long it would be before actor and martial artist Iko Uwais would see a more principal role than in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Landing a more definitive English speaking line in this year's thriller, Headshot, was just another layer on the waiting cake added until more time passed until now, with actor Frank Grillo front and center with the cast that outlines the first of possible prospects to come between two actors who've gotten their start in different markets.
I speak of prospects with a certain action crime saga remake in mind, but in the good name of staying on topic, let's bring things back into focus. For this, we now turn to the long-awaited first official teaser trailer for the new sci-fi thriller, Beyond Skyline from writer/producer/director Liam O'Donnell who served on the first film from directing duo Colin and Greg Strause back in 2010.
Those who haven't seen the first film yet have…
I think it's safe to say you know your movie sucks when you not only screw the rights holders whose name and content you base your unsanctioned film on, but when said rights holders join the chorus of critics panning your movie from literally every angle of the internet. That is the level of achievement you have reached if your name is George Nolfi and you've directed a film called Birth Of The Dragon, long hyped to be a hopefully legendary homage to Bruce Lee, the late founder of Jeet Kune Do and patriarch of American martial arts movie fandom.
My weekend was pretty huge for movies. My thoughts on Wolf Warrior 2 are up on my Instagram as well as posts about S.S. Rajamouli's Bahubali saga so feel free to skim those through and follow me as well as I also cross post news there. The news also includes the latest on what's what in the weekly Hit List and we begin with a new round of stunt and training reels from around the web. Anna Akimova gets things going this week with her latest reel followed by Jake Teel, D.L. MacDonald, Tyler Street, Jessica Stafford, Graham Hooper, Andy Whitmarsh, Samuel Horowitz, Monica Lopez, Noel Martinez, Casey Michaels, Bronson Cameron, Yessenia Cossio, Aaron D. Alexander, Antjuan Rhames, Donovan Law, Ai Ikeda, Justin Mane, Lukaz Leong and Cassie Lee Minnick, along with Benjamin J. Redic III and the crew at Ballistic Blade, multifaceted stuntmen and fight choreographers Fernando Jay Huerto and Geo Corvera, and Australia's own Asaya Yasushi with a newly launched team reel for Team Yas!