Today I decided that I’d write a joint review for two films I watched recently. I held polls on Twitter to see if y’all would actually be interested in reading reviews of these movies and the majority of you said yes so here I am!
btw i chose these two particular movies because i’ve heard nothing but amazing things about them
also, these are the first foreign films i’ve ever watched
Title: Train to Busan
Genre: Action, Drama, Horror
Length: 1 hr 58 min
Release Date: July 20, 2016
Source: Watched on Netflix
Synopsis: A man (Gong Yoo), his estranged daughter and other passengers become trapped on a speeding train during a zombie outbreak in South Korea.
THIS. MOVIE. THIS MOVIE OH MY GOD.
As far as zombie movies go, I’ve only watched World War Z and I’m a huge fan of The Walking Dead, but aside from that and The Last of Us video game, I’m not experienced in the zombie genre.
That being said, Train to Busan blew my mind. It was so well-crafted as far as zombie movies go and it explored the way humanity can quickly turn on one another when faced with such a crisis.
there was literally a dude that pushed like a dozen people throughout the span of the movie into zombies
I find all of the best zombie entertainment that I’ve seen to be watching as people go crazy and seeing what people do when they’re faced with such a catastrophe.
The zombies themselves and the way the virus was transmitted to other people was absolutely terrifying. In The Walking Dead, zombies are slow and spend their time eating bodies so you could have time to escape while your friend gets eaten, but in Train to Busan, they move at lightning speed and take one bite of a person before moving onto the next. So you have a split second to run away before you’re zombie food.
Our main character in this movie is played by actor Gong Yoo (you probably know him from Goblin if you watch kdramas) and he’s transporting on a train with his daughter when a woman infected gets on the train. Them and other passengers (as well as the rest of South Korea – one city at a time) start getting attacked by infected people.
If I’m being completely honest I think being stuck on a train filled with zombies is the most terrifying situation you could come up with.
I think it was done really well and I can definitely see myself re-watching this every Halloween in the future.
My Rating: 5 Stars
Even if you don’t like foreign films (or if you think you wouldn’t like them) but you like a good thriller/horror/survival movie, I’d highly recommend this to you. There’s never a dull moment and the story is amazing and the ending was so sad (no spoilers, but it’ll probably make you cry).
Title: Battle Royale
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi (according to imdb – i don’t see the sci-fi)
Length: 2 hr 2 min
Release Date: December 16, 2000
Source: Watched on Netflix
Synopsis: In the future, the Japanese government captures a class of ninth-grade students and forces them to kill each other under the revolutionary “Battle Royale” act.
This is another movie that had me hanging off the edge of my seat. I had been wanting to watch this for a long time because I’ve heard it being compared to The Hunger Games (or rather, The Hunger Games gets compared to Battle Royale, since THG came after BR).
Although this movie’s old (it’s pretty easy to tell) I found it to be so engaging and interesting throughout. I honestly wasn’t as hooked as I was while watching Train to Busan, but the entire premise itself is enough to keep me intrigued.
A class of around 40 Japanese students get randomly chosen to take part in Battle Royale. They’re taken to an island where they have collars put around their necks (that will explode if the makers see that they aren’t doing what they’re supposed to) and told that they have to fight each other to the death over a three day time period.
If there’s more than one person standing at the end, everyone will die. I found a lot of similarities between this and The Hunger Games. There were some people that ended up being okay with killing and basically killing everyone in sight and the main two characters reminded me of Katniss and Peeta in a sense.
I feel like Suzanne Collins must’ve seen this movie because some of the similarities were uncanny. There were still many differences, but overall I couldn’t stop comparing them. This is probably due to me only having heard them being compared to one another since hearing about this movie.
I found Battle Royale to be way more gory and violent than The Hunger Games. Since there were about double the amount of contestants, the kills ended up happening much quicker (one person died not even after all of the kids got out into the field).
I loved how each kid got a different backpack that had the usual supplies but different weapons. One kid got a crossbow, and another got a tracker (best weapon ever!), and the main guy got a lid to a pot haha (but it did come in handy).
Even though I really enjoyed this movie, I did find myself getting bored during some of it. I think it’s because although there was a lot going on (with the kids brutally murdering each other and all) I didn’t feel like a lot was happening at times.
Rating: 4 Stars
I’d recommend this to anyone looking for a movie similar to The Hunger Games. It’s definitely not one for the faint of heart so if you’re not comfortable with gore and a lot of death I really wouldn’t recommend it.
Do you watch foreign films? What are some you’d recommend to me? Do you think you would enjoy these movies?