Ah, zombies. A staple of any horror fans diet. The fun thing about zombies is the range: they can be slow and steady, fast and violent, but no matter the kind of zombie, they are always entertaining.
Our friends at Well Go USA gifted me with a copy of Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula before its official release and it is a much welcome addition to my zombie movie collection.
What’s that? You haven’t seen Train to Busan? No worries. Although Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula is marketed as a sequel and references the zombie outbreak that began in the first film, there are no mentions of the previous films characters; it is actually considered to be a stand alone film.
Taking place four years after the zombie virus has spread throughout South Korea, Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula follows people in Hong Kong as they try to survive while surrounded by zombies. Here is the official synopsis:
Four years after South Korea’s total decimation in TRAIN TO BUSAN, the zombie thriller that captivated audiences worldwide, acclaimed director Yeon Sang-ho brings us PENINSULA, the next nail-biting chapter in his post-apocalyptic world. Jung-seok, a soldier who previously escaped the diseased wasteland, relives the horror when assigned to a covert operation with two simple objectives: retrieve and survive. When his team unexpectedly stumbles upon survivors, their lives will depend on whether the best—or worst—of human nature prevails in the direst of circumstances.
I enjoyed this film. Making a zombie film with a fresh take can be difficult, but the characters are what make the viewer interested. In this installment we meet a family trying to survive and the two sisters are amusing and clever.
Oh, and if you do not like subtitles, if you get a physical copy of the movie, you have the option to turn off the subtitles and put on English audio.