PENINSULA is also known as Train to Busan. The 2020 South Korean action-horror film directed by Yeon Sang-ho is a standalone sequel to the 2016 cult zombie horror TRAIN TO BUSAN. Peninsula was chosen to be shown in the Official Selection of the 2020 Cannes Film Festival, which was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
So we have Captain Jung-Seok (Gang Dong-won) trying to escape from virus-infected South Korea, Captain Jung – Seok is trying to take his entire family out from South Korea. The infection catches someone in the ship and its sheer devastation a complete disaster where all the attempts of Captain Jung – Seok to save his family fail miserably.
Now four years later, Jung-Seok gets a surreal offer to go back to South Korea with a team and bring a truck loaded with US 20 million dollars.
Comparison of PENINSULA with TRAIN TO BUSAN is bound to happen when the makers themselves insist on having the name of the cult in its title to cash on it. It’s a pure marketing ploy that hardly serves the purpose and the writer Park Joo-Suk and director Yeon Sang-ho are so obsessed with their 2016 cult that they turn this standalone sequel into so shockingly formulaic if a debutant made this then would have appreciated the calibre of the new bee for maintaining the atmosphere and staying loyal to the feel.
But here in his home ground, Yeon Sang-ho disappoints heavily by doing those simple routines that are overwhelmingly dependent on those CGI-overloaded actions that go on and on and on in this Korean peninsula, which is now under this zombie plague and in permanent lockdown.