Peninsula (2020) is the much-anticipated sequel to the very popular Train to Busan that came out way back in 2016. Much like its predecessor, Peninsula created quite a buzz and was select to be shown at the Cannes film festival. The irony is that the Cannes Film festival got postponed due to an epidemic, much like the movie’s subject.
You can have a look at the trailer of the movie below!
- Gang Dong-won as Jung-seok
- Lee Jung-hyun as Min-jung
- Lee Re as Joon
- Kwon Hae-Hyo as Elder Kim
- Kim Min-Jae as Sergeant first class Hwang
- Koo Kyo-hwan as Captain Seo
- Kim Do-yoon as Chul-min
- Lee Ye-won as Yu-jin
- Jang So-yeon as Jung-seok’s elder sister
- Moon Woo-jin as Dong-hwan
- Kim Kyu-back as Private Kim
- Bella Rahim as Major Jane
Although Critics internationally are not so happy with the sequel, some go on to say that it’s going to ruin a perfect story. Well, no matter what they say, we shall judge it for ourselves. Let’s take a look at the plot and the ending of the Peninsula.
Peninsula: The Plot
Unlike the original where the whole plot revolved around the Train and those wonderful, thrilling sequences inside the Train, this one is more decentralized, and we explore the entirety of the area infected. Jung-seok is a Marine Captain who is on his way with his sister, husband, and son Dong-hwan to the ship leaving South Korea. On the way, a family tried to get a lift, but Jung-seok had to move on, considering the possibilities. The entire South Korean subcontinent is under quarantine because of the massive zombie outbreak. Tragedy struck when onboard the ship, the virus reaches the cabin, and Jung-seok’s sister and his nephew get infected. He stops Chul-min, the brother-in-law, from entering the cabin and decides to leave with a heavy heart.
Since that incident, four years had passed. This sets up for a very redemptive premise. The pair- Jung-seok and Chul-min were in emotional shamble after the last event. So when there is a chance at going back, they took it. The duo, with two other Koreans, were approached by a task. It was to go back to the quarantined Peninsula and bring back a suitcase with 20 million in cash. And they reached, and without any causalities, they did retrieve it.
On the way back riding the food-truck from which they retrieved the suitcase, they are attacked by some rouges-not zombies. The two Koreans died in that action (well that was expected), but Jung-seok gets thrown out of the truck while Chul-min hides inside. Jun-seok was saved by two young girls who brought him back to their hideout, where they lived with their mother and Grandfather. You know what’s almost poetic. That’s the same family Jung-seok refused to take on board four years ago. Talk about coincidence, right!
The Escape Plan:
Chul-min, on the other hand, is taken captive by the rouge militants. He is held captive along with the truck at unit 631’s compound. Jung-seok and the family make a plan to break him out, but as the girls and the mother learned about the rescue ship at the port, they all plan to escape together. while during the extraction poor Chul-min gets killed, but they retrieved the truck
In those final climactic minutes of the Peninsula, we see the last five reaching the port. Here the evil Seo from the militia rammed his vehicle with a girl’s car and held one of them at gunpoint. The grandfather than dies protecting the younger sister as he was shot fatally. Seo than tries escaping with the truck after shooting the mother in the leg and injuring her. As fate would have it, he is shot by the Hongkongers on the other side, trying to stop him from entering their territory and spreading the infection. While dying, Seo opens the diving gate and lets the zombie go to the other side, a final act of revenge. Pretty grim, woof..
Peninsula: The Ending
The remaining four survivors of the gang spots and UN transport vehicles (helicopter) and thinks this is their escape. But the place was surrounded by zombies. This is where the mother decides to sacrifice herself as bait so that Jung-Seok can take the girls with him to safety. She gets into a truck and keeps pressing the horn to lure the zombie while Jung-seok and the girls entered the helicopter.
This is not the exact end yet. Jung-Seok, being taken over by guilt, remembers his family and Chul-min. He is taken over by guilt at that moment when he left his family alone. Well, not this time. He takes an automatic weapon, climbs out the helicopter and runs towards the truck to keep the zombies at bay. He rescues the wounded mother and brings the whole squad together. Now that’s redemption! The four then leave the virus struck Peninsula behind to a better land.
It was a good watch. Peninsula retained its emotional content just like the original, but I personally believe the original had more thrill attached to it. Nonetheless, it’s a broader picture of the Train to Busan word and worth a watch.