A list of Edgar Wright's favorite 1000 Movies per his list on Mubi on July 27th, 2016.
AD 2031, the passengers in the train are the only survivors on Earth.
In a future where a failed global-warming experiment kills off most life on the planet, a class system evolves aboard the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe via a perpetual-motion engine.
Civilization has gone to shit. It's too cold to survive due to extremely bad weather. Humanity has been reduced to a train. The train has a class system of its own that is heavily divided between the rich and the poor. The rich prey on the poor in many ways. When enough is enough Captain America leads a ragtag group of rebels to the front of the train in Joon-ho Bong's English language debut. Al Gore was right? Chris Evans's beanie. Handy hands. Pound down. Spud? The Help. Billy Elliot's ears. Wearing yellow makes you look even fatter. Snow torture. Tilda's teeth. Hammer time. John Hurt is the shit. Extreme Russian Roulette. Parkour? The Weird without The Good and The…
The best Captain America movie of the year.
I remember years ago when this movie was announced and the fact that Tilda Swinton and Song Kang-ho were going to star in the first English-language film by Bong Joon-ho; I was elated because I LOVE all three people.
Yesterday as I was watching it, I was elated because the movie was phenomenal. The excitement and suspense I experienced had me on edge for the entire running time. Before the movie started I felt a little apprehensive about Chris Evans but it was completely unfounded because he held his own alongside some of my favorite actors. It was also an absolute treat to see Ko Ah-sung again, because I haven't seen her in anything since The Host.
I loved Snowpiercer so much that I unfriended someone on Facebook for saying really hateful, dismissive things about the movie (admittedly, the person was already hanging by their last thread in regards to my patience though, so I'm not completely unreasonable, right?).
Snowpiercer is dense, more so than I had anticipated, its plot initially fuelled by the heated emotions that run through the titular train’s lowest class culture, a desperation for a revolution, to finally end the suffering that has plagued them for 17 years. Its tail to head journey is led by the headstrong Curtis (Chris Evans), radiating leadership and intelligence, appointed by the people as their front in their trials towards the engine, which is manufactured and controlled by a man named Wilford (Ed Harris), a visionary who saw the end of our world in the horizon, constructing a train that is capable of self-sustainment and endurance from the harsh cold climate that exists beyond the train’s walls.
Snowpiercer is a film that manages to stay on track for most of its bloated running time, only to steam ahead towards an inevitable derailment.
Right, now that I've got all the train related puns out of the way, let's talk about this wonderful mess of a film.
As ridiculous as the premise is, Joon-ho Bong's film is fiercely dedicated to it. It starts of with a grimy, disgusting view of life in the tail end of the train that holds the last of humanity. We quickly meet the archetypes required for a story like this. The reluctant hero, the old wise man, the young dog, they're all there. But the way we are introduced to them is where the…
Probably one of the best contemporary films about classism, driven by an overarching metaphor/microcosm for both the present and the future. All of the performances are great, as well as the direction, cinematography, and editing being superb. This is the kind of film that I would classify as being important, the kind of film that young adults should watch and learn from. Better yet, it has an appeal for all audiences, because of the fact that it works quite well as both an allegorical film for art-house audiences, and a brilliant action movie for those in seek of top-notch, clever entertainment. It's not a horror movie, but it is a scary one, for it reeks of the truth living within…
Wait... you've never heard of this? Its on Netflix ya know?
Okay, go see it.
This is a great movie and so interesting. It makes you want to know more about Evans and more about this world. This movie has great callbacks to real life and poverty.
this fucked me up and not in a good way
This movie fcked me up i cant get over the part where the guy gets his arm frozen off. Somehow chris evans is still hot covered in dirt.
The ark is a train, the sea is made of snow, the dove is an ice bear and Noah is a men-eating scoundrel.
The movie is a video game, the graphics look fake and made without love, the final boss is met at the other end of the train/movie (after moving from the left to the right of the screen), and the plot's premise doesn't make sense on closer inspection. Oh, and all considerations about shown technology lead to the conclusion that its only reason of existence lies within its relevance to the plot.*
There may be many more ways of interpretation (that lead to the conclusion that it all doesn't make sense), but I really don't care since the…
Complètement gelée, le monde est devenu inhabitable! Le restant de l'humanité survit dans un train tournant autour de la planète pendant que la révolte gronde dans les derniers wagons.
Magistral! Un très très bon film où tout participe à la création d'une ambiance particulière et oppressante, une brillante adaptation de la BD du même nom en saisissant parfaitement le thème: le train est la métaphore de notre société.
J'étais un peu dubitatif quand au choix de Chris Evans mais finalement il s'en sort très bien. Le seul bémol pour moi sont les scènes de traductions, surtout quand il libère le professeur coréen, elles sont particulièrement mal montées et rendent la compréhension difficile.
A voir de tout urgence!
It was better than I thought it would be. I wanted a happy ending, but I knew I wasn't going to get that, and I already saw some spoilers, so there were some things that didn't surprise me, but I still liked the movie despite all of that.
all i'm saying is that we're still under capitalism and theresa may just scrapped the department for climate change
una impresionante cinta de género puro que hunde sus pezuñas en el cine de Terry Gilliam –con homenaje explícito incluído. Cuánto menos se sepa de la cinta mejor, así que solo diré unas cuantas cosas: es excesiva, ridícula, delirante, maravillosa, acongojante, divertida, CINE para disfrutar sin prejuicios y con el corazón apasionado de un freak. Una obra maestra del exceso y el sentido de la maravilla. Un 10.
I am not usually a fan of the whole dystopian genre, but Snowpiercer is an exception in the same way Road Warrior set itself apart as something altogether unique.
If this film proves anything, it is that a low budget production does not necessarily equate to low quality entertainment. I am not suggesting this movie is perfect by any stretch. However, the solid, albeit outlandish acting performances by the cast, coupled with an interesting plot makes this one of those rare hidden Netflix gems.
Films where their style fills the screen so absolutely, substance is but an afterthought.
Only added some that I've seen,…
From The Playlist on 7/19/2016:
With 23 honorable mentions in no particular order.