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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 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…
Snowpiercer is the dystopian Noah's ark, where the philosophy up top is grim social Darwinism, while at the bottom bonds are formed through a common enemy, and lessons learned. A bit black and white, sure, but we all love to have someone to hate, right?
Bong Joon-ho has crafted a highly entertaining romp of a sadistic persuation where you quickly learn to expect the unexpected, and everything exists in a constant fear of what will come next.
As per usual Bong creates comic relief in all kinds of places, here through Tilda Swinton and Alison Pill's small cameo, while you can always count on Song Kang-ho to brighten your day just by participating.
The whole train's a filthy mess on…
This movie is so schizo, I can't even.
This holds up on a second viewing. While it's really mainly about the action sequences and the staging within the train, the script isn't as clunky as I would expect either. I'm not too much of a comic book or graphic novel reader, so I don't know if the source material is regarded as better than most of that genre, but it definitely could have been worse. And the ending still strikes me as more meaningful than most post-apocalyptic fare I've seen.
The first half excels at mindless thrills when BJH fully exploits the surface pleasures innate to the generic, video-game influenced, narrative device of successive levels and linear progression. Snowpiercer works best viewed within the context of contemporary Hollywood cinema, which it embarrasses with relative ingenuity and eccentricity. The fun unfortunately sours with a suffocating, exposition-heavy, second half; collapsing all momentum in an ill thought attempt to justify the heavy-handed political metaphors (always the least interested aspect of the film). Seen a few critics try claim this as an accelerationist parable, which is laughable as even BJH's action filmmaking chops are questionable throughout. His vision of claustrophobic class warfare never coheres, frantically vacillating between each set-piece, seemingly suspicious of his own style. The idea that this already overstuffed (albeit crazy fun) mess formally conveys Marxist notions is nearly as wack as *that* final shot.
Not a whole lot there after the premise, but what a cool premise.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I read and enjoyed the French graphic novel that inspired the film. The differences are significant to assure that the film is its own unique animal. Beyond the original source material, the film is greatly inspired by two of my favorite directors: Terry Gilliam and Jean-Pierre Jeunet whose visual vocabularies are heavily borrowed upon to give the film its own hybridized style.
Overall I loved the film and its claustrophobic tale of class struggle in a dystopian future hurtling towards a catastrophic end. The ending though...was a little too open ended...but then again, the ambiguity of it also kept it from being too predictable and "hollywood".
Combines all best elements of a great episode of Doctor Who with the worst parts of Matrix Reloaded.
The movie began to make more sense to me when I stopped conceiving of it as a bad science-fiction novel, and began to think of it as a series of bad sci-fi short stories.
- Stranger by the Lake
- The Lego Movie
- The Grand Budapest Hotel
- Beasts of the Southern Wild
- Lilya 4-Ever
- Life Is Beautiful
- Dancer in the Dark
My five hundred favorite films (1940-2014)
- Dead Man's Letters
- La Jetée
- The Sacrifice
- When the Wind Blows
I'm a sucker for films set after an apocalypse so I thought a list might be useful. It is by…