Filmmaker Yeon Sang-Ho established an extremely dangerous threat with Train to Busan, his crowd-pleasing zombie movie which has since been claimed as a contemporary horror classic. His follow-up, Peninsula, continues the story of the deadly virus that continues to sweep South Korea through a team of characters who are all desperate for a new beginning. They believe their new future awaits them if they help retrieve $20,000,000 left in Incheon – a sum that will be cut equally amongst them if they can make it out of the highly infected area alive.
Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula is an exciting horror movie, chock-full of the most savage zombies you’ll ever see. The film’s athletic background performers deserve major kudos for the chilling shockwaves of fear they provide, which rubs off incredibly well on the movie’s main actors. Yeon Sang-Ho (who also co-wrote the screenplay) is also able to balance the thrills with a compelling leading arc about being haunted by past decisions, with the film only losing its footing when characters are split up to have their own individual experiences tying to survive on their secret mission. Luckily, it’s a brief sag until everyone is reunited for an exhilarating, albeit longwinded, action-packed and emotional finale.
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