Peninsula review: Train to nowhere

Peninsula film cast: Gang Dong-won, Lee Jung-hyun, Koo Kyo-hwan, Lee Re
Peninsula film director: Yeon Sang-ho
Peninsula film score: Two and a half stars

Four years after Train To Busan comes stand-alone sequel Peninsula, swarming with flesh-eating zombies, a military unit gone rogue, a household taking refuge in a hide-out, and a military man on a mission. There was a hurtling urgency within the former; the latter feels extra like a movie belonging to these occasions, blighted by a harmful virus, with everybody struggling to survive.

Survival is the secret in zombie movies. In the practice the place the passengers have been in peril of being wolfed, security lay within the vacation spot. On the darkish, dystopian peninsula, there aren’t any secure zones. Former marine corps captain (Dong-won) and his companions, having parachuted in to search for an deserted truck full of money, are on the run: ranged on the opposite aspect are the zombies, and people who’ve turn out to be zombie-like of their greed for flesh. The solely oasis is a household unit comprising a decided mom (Jung-hyun) of two astonishingly resourceful younger women, and their grandpa.

What ensues is the anticipated: jerky, bloody zombies operating after vans and armoured vehicles, leaping upon the unlucky victims with ghastly chomping noises. Apart from the frequent chase sequences, zombies and imprisoned people are made to sq. up in an underground struggle membership run by a vicious fellow (Kyo-hwan), solely the fortunate ones managing to stay for one more day, and extra chomp-chomp.

It’s an unlovely bunch which doesn’t actually make us care whether or not they stay or die. Only when the mum-and-girls be a part of the fray does the movie get a welcome human contact, making us ignore the overwhelming CGI bits. A satirical comment about N Korea being a ‘safe place’ offers throwaway humour: some extra on these traces would have added an edge. That, and the truth that the zombies who cower at nighttime are attracted to mild, operating in direction of each flare they see, is finished too actually. I’m not spilling any secrets and techniques after I inform you that it ends with a powerful dose of schmaltz, however perhaps that’s what our virus-laden lives want, at this second.

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