Double Movie Feature: Zombie Apocalypse theme

This time I was in a mood for those end-of-the-world zombie apocalypse movies. Although those kind of movies are more frequent in Hollywood, I didn’t want to watch just that. So this time it was from two different languages. Both movies are somewhat similiar at the same time different. Some of you may have guessed the two movies that I will be talking about from the image. For those who haven’t, let me tell you. It’s ‘World War Z’ an English film starring Brad Pitt and ‘Train to Busan’ ,a Korean film starring Gong Yoo. So without much further ado,

World War Z

Country of origin: USA

Language: English

Directed by: Marc Forster

Story by: Matt Carnahan, J Michael Straczynski

Based on: ‘World War Z’ by Max Brooks

Starring: Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, James Badge Dale, Matthew Fox

Music: Marco Beltrami

Released: 21 June 2013

Duration: 116 minutes

Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) is a former UN employee living with his family. One day while in traffic, they realise there is a breakout of zombies. Once a zombie infects a person, the person transforms into a zombie in a matter of seconds. With the help of his former colleague, Thierry Umotoni, he and his family manage to board a military ship to safety. Thierry requests Gerry to find out how how this zombie outbreak happened and how to stop it. The movie then entails an exciting journey where Gerry, travels across countries trying to save what is left of the human race.

This movie is one of my favorites as far as zombie apocalypse movies are concerned. It’s exciting from minute one, with the zombie attacks and their exciting escape. Once Gerry starts to find out the truth about this and how to stop it, it gets even more interesting. There isn’t a moment in this film where it didn’t keep you on the edge of our seat. Brad Pitt as Gerry was the equivalent of Superman in a way, because it was with his sole efforts that a solution was brought up, that would eventually save the whole world. It was more or less a Brad Pitt one man show what with the involvement of the UN, and how he escaped each and every time with minimal injury. In a way he even seemed invincible. There was nothing that could stop the man. And that brings me to…..

Train to Busan

Country of origin: South Korea

Language: Korean

Directed by: Yeon Sang Ho

Written by: Park Joo Suk

Starring: Gong Yoo, Ma Dong Seok, Jung Yu Mi, Kim Su An, Kim Eui Sang , Choi Woo Shik,Ahn So Hee

Music: Jang Young Gyu

Released: 20 July 2016

Duration: 118 minutes

Seok Woo (Gong Yoo) is a divorced fund manager, and is also an absentee father to his daughter, Su An. For her birthday she requests Seok Woo to take her to her mother in Busan and they board the train to go to Busan the very next day. Just as the train is about to depart an injured woman enters and is seen to be convulsing on the floor of the train. One of the staff in the train try to find out what went wrong. Suddenly that girl transforms into a zombie and viciously attacks that staff who in turn is converted to a zombie in a matter of minutes. Soon, one by one the passengers on the train get converted to zombies. In the train along with Seok Woo and his daughter is a man and his pregnant wife, two elderly women who are sisters, a boy and a girl who were travelling with their schoolmates for a baseball competition,an injured vagabond who boarded the train to escape the zombies and a rather selfish businessman amongst others. The rest of the film shows us how they try to escape from a train full of zombies to reach their final destination, Busan.

Just like World War Z , this movie had us glued onto the screen on an edge the whole time. But unlike World War Z, there is one huge difference. While world War z was about a man who in the end saved the world, this was a group of ordinary people who were trying their best to survive this zombie apocalypse. From their escape from military quarantine, to how they save each other was really exciting. It showed us how sometimes adversities like this, brings out the best and worst sides of people. And let me tell you, unlike the somewhat happy-ever-after ending in World War Z, Train to Busan has a very realistic ending that gives such a strong feeling on the end of the show. A must watch.

Both these movies despite having somewhat same theme, are however entirely different. I think the only similarity they both have is the fact that they are based on zombies. I would definitely suggest you to watch both. If you are planning a movie marathon on zombies, these two movies should definitely be on the list. You won’t regret! Let me know what you feel about these movies in the comments below! Also do you know any other great zombie movies? Let me know in the comments below!

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