Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula

Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula

Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula

Yeon Sang-ho returns to direct the sequel to Korean zombie apocalypse thriller Train to Busan. Set four years after the events of the first film, the characters must fight to escape from their now decimated home.

2020Rating: MA15+115 minsSouth KoreaKorean with English subtitles
ActionHorrorWorld Cinema
Director:
Yeon Sang-ho ('Train to Busan', 'The Fake', 'The King of Pigs')
Writer:
Yeon Sang-hoRyu Yong-jae
Cast:
Kang Dong-wonLee Jung-hyunLee ReKwon Hae-hyo
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Flicks, Steve Newall

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Apart from a few chilling moments—a reveal of hundreds of zombies pressed up against glass just in front of its heroes, for instance—Peninsula squanders the potential that lies in the return to a world lost to the undead. As opposed to a constant existential threat, the zombies’ presence is mainly used to increase the film’s tempo arbitrarily—as CGI creatures to splatter en masse with CGI cars or a chaotic addition to human versus human gunfights. Gone are paranoid tropes (Is this person bitten? Is this room safe?) in favour of fairly unspectacular action, returning writer-director Yeon Sang-ho seeming more interested in Incheon’s soldiers-gone-mad survivors (who frankly are not depicted as all that interesting).

3.0

Definitely a poor relation to the original

As a sequel to Train to Busan it would have been great if it were related other than it being about the same zombie like pandemic. Its an enjoyable film but nowhere near as engaging and emotionally wrought as the first film which I loved.

3.0
Variety

Variety

press

The film has clipped along at a reasonably brisk pace until this point, only to downshift into a laughably protracted slow-motion finale, full of gratuitous lens flares and overwrought strings.

IndieWire

IndieWire

press

Yeon eventually just throws his hands up and surrenders to the cheesy spectacle of it all with a frenzied third act that finds the entire cast in a death race to the border. It’s here that Yeon stops being able to afford his own ambition, and the film’s budget suddenly feels like a rubber band stretched over a hula-hoop.

Slant Magazine

Slant Magazine

press

Peninsula feels like the work of an artist who misunderstood his past triumph, squandering his talent for the sake of a pandering, halfhearted encore.

A.V. Club

A.V. Club

press

While the first Train To Busan was an affecting, character-driven tale of grief and redemption, Peninsula flounders in generic spectacle. Even fans may wonder if there are any bones left to pick on this franchise.

Stuff

Stuff

press

Peninsula is a sturdy, but almost heroically derivative cash-in on a still-brilliant original. If you like the genre as much as I do, you'll be happy enough with how it's turned out.

Flicks

Flicks, Steve Newall

flicks

Apart from a few chilling moments—a reveal of hundreds of zombies pressed up against glass just in front of its heroes, for instance—Peninsula squanders the potential that lies in the return to a world lost to the undead. As opposed to a constant existential threat, the zombies’ presence is mainly used to increase the film’s tempo arbitrarily—as CGI creatures to splatter en masse with CGI cars or a chaotic addition to human versus human gunfights. Gone are paranoid tropes (Is this person bitten? Is this room safe?) in favour of fairly unspectacular action, returning writer-director Yeon Sang-ho seeming more interested in Incheon’s soldiers-gone-mad survivors (who frankly are not depicted as all that interesting).

3.0
Variety

Variety

press

The film has clipped along at a reasonably brisk pace until this point, only to downshift into a laughably protracted slow-motion finale, full of gratuitous lens flares and overwrought strings.

IndieWire

IndieWire

press

Yeon eventually just throws his hands up and surrenders to the cheesy spectacle of it all with a frenzied third act that finds the entire cast in a death race to the border. It’s here that Yeon stops being able to afford his own ambition, and the film’s budget suddenly feels like a rubber band stretched over a hula-hoop.

Slant Magazine

Slant Magazine

press

Peninsula feels like the work of an artist who misunderstood his past triumph, squandering his talent for the sake of a pandering, halfhearted encore.

A.V. Club

A.V. Club

press

While the first Train To Busan was an affecting, character-driven tale of grief and redemption, Peninsula flounders in generic spectacle. Even fans may wonder if there are any bones left to pick on this franchise.

Stuff

Stuff

press

Peninsula is a sturdy, but almost heroically derivative cash-in on a still-brilliant original. If you like the genre as much as I do, you'll be happy enough with how it's turned out.

Definitely a poor relation to the original

As a sequel to Train to Busan it would have been great if it were related other than it being about the same zombie like pandemic. Its an enjoyable film but nowhere near as engaging and emotionally wrought as the first film which I loved.

3.0