Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula                          review by Bobby Blakey

Thanks to shows like The Walking Dead the zombie craze is still on the front line of horror popularity. At this point it is more about doing something new with the genre than anything else and sadly there are a ton that come out all the time that fail to offer up anything worth remembering. In 2017 Well Go USA brought one of the better films in the genre to US audiences with Train To Busan. Now an all-new entry into the franchise Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula has been unleashed, but does it live up to the original or will it fail to rise from the dead?

 

Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula follows four years after South Korea’s total decimation. 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.

 

Going in this film already had an uphill climb trying to compete with the greatness of the first film. One of the things that tends to happen when a film is successful is they go even bigger the next time around and this is no different. While I did enjoy the film it is a different animal than the original. This time around the expanded scope and locale takes away some of the intensity of it all for me. It’s still a great movie, but it comes across more of an action movie than a horror zombie flick.

 

Bigger scope means even more characters and here there are so many thrown in the mix that it slows it down from time to time as they are bringing it all together. Thankfully most of the characters are fun to watch so keeps it moving around it and will still keep you engaged until the end. Have no fear there are plenty of zombie action throughout and add to the mix some pretty fun car

carnage. Most if not all of the high speed vehicular destruction is CGI and is pretty noticeable most of the time, but still works and brings the pain.

 

It’s not really fair to say this movie is the same as the first one because it’s a different animal. I applaud them for taking it to the next level but hope if we get another outing that they streamline it a bit more to give it that edge from the original. 

In addition to the film this release offers up bonus content including a Making-Of Featurette, Interviews with Cast & Crew and an All-New English Dub. Return to the zombie filled world of Busan with Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula available now on digital and then on 4K Ultra, Blu-ray and DVD on November 24th from Well Go USA.

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