Continuing my yearly look at the most promising upcoming films, here is my 100 most anticipated films of the coming…
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.
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…
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?).
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…
Going in without knowing anything about a movie except that it is a high-concept post-apocalyptic dystopian film, you can only hope it will be as good as Snowpiercer. It's such a good feeling when you watch a genre movie done so well and with such a distinct style that feels so different from countless other similar mediocre movies, especially when all you expect to see is just another one of those indistinguishable, personality-less and (hopefully) mildly entertaining titles. Here is a movie that, while it uses most of the same genre tropes and plot beats, it tackles them in a refreshing way to set itself apart and establish a clear identity for itself. Made by someone outside of the Hollywood…
Post apocalyptic bliss. Nothing like a revolt with Chris Evans at the helm to get the blood flowing. Chris Evans plays a coolheaded, hardass, rebel as he leads his people to freedom. That being said he also provides us with a venerable look into his character as he prepares to take the train. An instant apocolyptic Classic with a feel that there's more going on here. It definitely earned its stars and I couldn't recommend it more.
Absolute stunner. Dystopian action film/dark satire with an amazingly good cast, stunning direction and a truly compelling story. Can't recommend this enough
I feel very confused. This film comes across like it was filmed based on a first-draft script. It feels incoherent at times and other times it feels like sensory overload. I honestly don't know if I enjoyed it or not.
The third act is definitely superior to the previous two, I'll say that much.
Endless momentum meets necessarily, stubbornly linear narrative meets exposition dumps meets fluid "rules" of engagement.
An entertaining sci-fi film with some interesting political/social/religious commentary. The story picks up right away and never slows down. It's refreshing to watch an original film with such an unconventional plot that goes places you're not expecting.
Unfortunately, the film is ultimately forgettable. The action scenes are sometimes good, but mostly awkwardly executed or paced. The characters are pretty underdeveloped so we never feel much of an attachment or investment in what's going on. And the production design felt more like a steam-punk enthusiast was trying to make things look cool, rather than trying to build a believable, immersive world.
Snowpiercer is an Animal Farm-esque story with a lot of great characters, sets and bloody action. Leave logic at the door. Some fairly obvious questions of the, "how does the timing of this work?" or "where do the bugs come from?" will arise. Accept the cartoonishness and keep on trucking for maximum enjoyment. Terry Gilliam is the best comparison I can make.
Loved seeing Kang-Ho Song.
This has Captain America, The Fake Doctor, the villain man, Tilda Swinton, The Newsroom Girl, Jamie Bell and the Primeval guy why wasn't this sold and released as a full on summer blockbuster
- Stranger by the Lake
- The Lego Movie
- The Grand Budapest Hotel
- Inherent Vice
- The Wind Rises
- Only Lovers Left Alive
- The Grand Budapest Hotel
- Beasts of the Southern Wild
- Lilya 4-Ever
- Life Is Beautiful
- Dancer in the Dark
- Christiane F.
My six hundred favorite films (1940-2014); 618-653 are not ordered yet.