Working the Night Shift


I was very bored between calls on my most recent shift. Working from six to six overnight, not a lot happens. While I had nothing to do, I decided I was going to watch some movies. Were they all zombie movies? Hell yeah they were! Today I may drop a spoiler or two, just fair warning. 

Train to Busan was first on my list. A Korean zombie movie that came out in 2016. I’ve read some amazing reviews recently about it and figured I’d have to watch it. And let me just say, I’m glad I did!

The early parts of the film do an amazing job at showing us the characters we’re going to be following and their personalities. I, unfortunately, don’t speak Korean, so I never actually learned their names, but that honestly didn’t take away from the movie at all. The style of “zombie” gave me World War Z vibes, as in more of an “infected” than an actual zombie.

The characters were so amazing written and really believable considering the circumstances they were all thrusted into. By the end I was so invested in their safety, at one point I paused the movie to message a friend about how scared I was so the little girl. Even though the whole real cast in on the train, you still get to see a while group of people that would walk past you in your everyday life. It’s really neat how everyone worked around each other.

As for the zombies, they were so dang cool! They were fast and had just enough intelligence that no matter where they were, they were always a threat. A particular scene in the movie with our dead friends just blew my mind: our living passengers were getting on what I assumed was they train again, and the dead have just overrun the train station. After enough pressure just from the overwhelming force of the dead pressing on the glass, a window breaks. Watching a hundred “dead” people fall out of a window, onto the train, and the ground below, only to get back up and start running, was so cool! I was so amazed by the effects, and by the fear that I thought I knew before.

The ending of Busan left me in tears and I loved every second of it, from the banter between characters, to the fear of the inevitable that was thrown at my face over and over again. I recommend this one hundred percent to any zombie / horror fan.

The Poster for Train to Busan

After that, I watched Quarantine for the first time. That was an okay movie, but not one I’d watch again. I found myself skipping through the movie. The ending was super neat though! The actors did a good job, but I’m going to watch the movie it’s based on next time I get the chance. Which I believe is called REC.

Movie poster for Quarantine.

My last movie I watched was the first Resident Evil. That movie is still super fun. For a movie based on a video game, it’s well done. It’s too bad that series went so, action. Can I totally quote all of the Red Queen lines too? Maybe, definitely. I would watch this movie whenever I’m looking for something fun to watch. Maybe if I watch these movies through, I’ll have the courage to play the games…

And then the Resident Evil poster

I know this was mostly a praise post for Busan, but that movie was just so good. But anyway, that’s all I have for today. Be safe out there and we’ll talk soon!
— Deryn

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