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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…
I'm not sure why this exciting sci-fi action flick got treated in its original theatrical run like it was a three-hour black-and-white Ukrainian coming-of-age story. It saw a small arthouse release, a whisper of publicity and then it made a bee-line for Netflix. Didn't they know that they had Captain America in the lead role and punching people in the face (and doing a good job)? My best guess: the gate-keepers thought that this was a little too weird for the multiplexes. I disagree, but I've also never seen a TRANSFORMERS movie so my grip on how bad things have gotten could be less than firm. Maybe they figured this was another BLADE RUNNER or HARDWARE, destined to make a…
A bold, thought-provoking, and at times entertaining attempt at exploring dystopian themes. While the premise is unique, the film borrows heavily from other dystopian stories such as Brave New World, 1984, The Matrix Trilogy (particularly Reloaded), The Hunger Games, and more.
Ultimately, I thought Snowpiercer was a victim of its conceit. I found its style to outweigh its substance, and its metaphor to be stronger than the end result. After a brief introduction, the movie plays out like a dream or video game, where only what's inside the frame has to make any sense, and the ultraviolence is unending.
The performances were strong for what the main actors had to work with. Chris Evans brought a quiet intensity not seen in his lighter roles. Ed Harris was an inspired casting decision for his character. He fit the role perfectly.
Note to filmmakers: having characters state political themes out loud does not give your movie interesting commentary. I was mostly stricken by how leaden the attempts at any kind of social critique, so I wasn't able to enjoy this as much as I should have. Kind of like Mad Max, but lesser on almost all fronts (except this has Tilda Swinton in it).
There is still fun to be had, mostly by how strange the world is that they live in. The personalities are all kinds of cartoonish and make for some interesting set pieces. Additionally, the action is well-staged and impressively brutal and I gotta hand it to the producers of the movie for actually giving a decent…
Crazy, fun, cruel, smart. The tone is always changing in this movie as the characters move from cars to cars along this society metaphor of a sci-fi dystopian train.
The idea is so simple and so effective. Just moving further, to the right.
I love trains. Trains and cinema were made to work together and this is a great train movie.
I love French comic-book and the strange tone and crazy world is very well rendered.
But clearly the first hour gave everything the movie could and all the end is way too long and less inventive.
Wilford: "Everyone has their preordained position, and everyone is in their place except you"
Curtis: "That's what people in the best place say to the people in the worst place"
I have to say watching Snowpiercer a second time (with the English subtitles this time) and I have to say I was really blown away. Everything from the setting, to the overarching themes just stands out so much and it left me thinking long after the film was over.
Snowpiercer is a dystopian post apocalyptic film set in the year 2031 where the whole world is a frozen wasteland killing off almost all life. The remaining survivors live aboard the Snowpiercer train which travels the globe via a perpetual motion…
Good plot, lawsy end.
Good plot, lawsy end.
There's probably underlying themes in there that I don't care about but really should. It's a great action film though.
The first 1012 films are from The 1,000 Greatest Films list, and maintain the original order. The films that follow…
Very rough, and I've probably missed one or two things, but aye, it is what it is.