TRAIN TO BUSAN PRESENTS: PENINSULA – The Empire Strikes Back of Zombie Movies
Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula is a truly amazing sequel. It does a nice job of world-building much like George Romero did with his zombie classics. The sequel is much like Empire Strikes Back, which is a sequel that is much better than the first film.
Many times you see a sequel and are like, “okay, that was meh” and for good reason. Let’s face it a majority of sequels really hit the mark and even fewer films surpass the quality of the first film. Instead of being confined to the train like in the first film, Peninsula takes place on, wait for it, a peninsula that is crawling with zombies.
Peninsula follows Jung-seok, a soldier who previously escaped the diseased wasteland. He has to go back with a special covert mission. This dude is a badass. There are some amazing action sequences where he kicks ass.
Of course, there are zombies, which is my favorite horror genre, but the film has some kick-ass driving sequences. It was especially cool to see a Kia fitting around the streets tearing shit up.
Just like the first film, Peninsula makes you care for the survival of the characters. So many horror films don’t have great character development. I love the characters and was rooting for everyone’s survival.
I think the VFX could be a little better, but the pros definitely outweigh the cons. Peninsula is a true powerhouse of a film. There are so many elements of this film that had me on the edge of my seat. Peninsula is the true explication of a film that has it all. Part zombie movie, part Fast and Furious, and part Escape from New York. If that does not entice you to check it out then I have no idea how I can sell this great film.
Keep reading to learn more about the film and to watch the trailer.
Train to Busan: Peninsula 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.
TRAIN TO BUSAN PRESENTS: PENINSULA will open in US theaters August 21st. I truly hope to be able to see this on the big screen, but only if it’s safer to go to the theaters.