Monday, July 20, 2020

{Review} 반도 (Peninsula)

Original Title: 반도
Also Known As: Peninsula
Film series: Seoul Station
Director: Yeon Sang-ho
Distributor: Next Entertainment World
Released: July 15, 2020 (Korea)/August 12, 2020 (USA)
Genre: Drama/Horror/Action
Language: Korean
Country: South Korea
My Rating: 8/10
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Peninsula takes place four years after the zombie outbreak in Train to Busan. The Korean peninsula is devastated and Jung Seok, a former soldier who has managed to escape overseas, is given a mission to go back and unexpectedly meets survivors.​

[전대미문의 재난 그 후 4년 폐허의 땅으로 다시 들어간다!] 4년 전, 나라 전체를 휩쓸어버린 전대미문의 재난에서 가까스로 탈출했던 ‘정석’(강동원). 바깥세상으로부터 철저히 고립된 반도에 다시 들어가야 하는 피할 수 없는 제안을 받는다. 제한 시간 내에 지정된 트럭을 확보해 반도를 빠져 나와야 하는 미션을 수행하던 중 인간성을 상실한 631부대와 4년 전보다 더욱 거세진 대규모 좀비 무리가 정석 일행을 습격한다. 절체절명의 순간, 폐허가 된 땅에서 살아남은 ‘민정’(이정현) 가족의 도움으로 위기를 가까스로 모면하고 이들과 함께 반도를 탈출할 수 있는 마지막 기회를 잡기로 한다. 되돌아온 자, 살아남은 자 그리고 미쳐버린 자 필사의 사투가 시작된다!
★★★★★★★★  Stars
Okay so... Here is the thing. I knew without a doubt this movie wouldn't get a 10 from the second I heard about it. I'll tell you why; as terrible as it is, It's because of that rumor that they were going to let Hollywood have at it. THANKFULLY - they did not. Don't even come at me because you know -YOU KNOW- Hollywood ruins great movies. But I guess Next Entertainment was like "lol no."

Anyway while I'm glad they didn't, I still feel like this movie lacked a bit? I swear to you - I can't even put my finger on it.... Maybe because my brain instantly wants to connect Train to Busan to Peninsula even though the writer flat out told us there would be NO CONNECTION! They told us, yes, it's in the same AU but it is it's own storyline. I get it. I do. But my brain is like "Uhhh Train to Busan 2!" even though I have second thought literally saying "no connection, just same AU". Guess that just means my brain hates me?

Y'all... *shreaks* why did I think eorugheroghrohsgw KANG DONG-WON WAS CHOI SEUNG-HYUN!?!?

Tell me y'all see it too. I swear we must be out here cloning people. X_X

Anywho! The acting was amazing! But ... I think my main issue was that the movie starts off the bat with no warm up. Like we are already supposed to know all of these characters and have a bond with them? Like, okay... if this isn't really part three of this series then... shouldn't you help us warm up a bit? It's hard for me to care about characters I don't know much about but I have to admit, as time went on I really did like the main character. I mean come on. He was bad ass! Though the character I loved right off the bat was probably the teenage daughter. She was so freaking sassy and I swear she would make Han (Tokyo Drift) so proud with that drifting!!! Hahah (Though honestly I can't remember her name. If anyone remembers, please let me know and I'll fix this.)

The storyline itself was pretty good....ish? ... kinda? I'm still on the fence about this. Because like I said, we kinda got forced into this movie like we were already supposed to know everyone. I've seen Train to Busan a few times and nothing is clicking, but who knows. 

Will I be watching this again? Oh totally! Because I'm a sucker for zombie movies... aaaaand because there is just something about Kang with a gun and being badass that just makes me swoon. Lol

I do recommend this movie to everyone. And while it doesn't pick up where Train to Busan leaves off, I do recommend that you start with the anime movie first, then watch Train to Busan THEN watch this. Mainly because they are all in the same AU and the anime explains what happened to even start Train to Busan. 

So while everything is saying "Sequal" it's really the third movie. 

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