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…
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…
When an invented substance designed to cure global warming fails the world is cast into a new ice age. The only survivors to this global extinction are a group of survivors on a automated self-sustaining train constructed and ran by a man named Wilford. When the poor people in the tail section decide they've had enough it's up to them to stage a revolt to take the front of the train away from the rich and privileged. Filled with excellent performances from Evans, Hurt, and Harris this is one of the best sci-fi films I have seen in recent memory.
It may be a stretch, but just imagine a single train looping around a track, cutting through an Earth that's completely frozen over. This train has been running for years, and it has its own microcosm of social classes, with the rich and powerful living in the front in luxury, and all the poor and wretched stuck in the back. When those in the back of the train stage a revolution to take over the front, all hell breaks loose.
That's pretty much what this film entails: the prologue is brief, setting the stage immediately for an all-out onslaught of bloody fighting, riveting peril, and startling revelations. It's a rather grim and bleak film that doesn't shy away from the…
Looks like crap. Tone back flips all over the place. Dialogue hits you like the head wound you sustain when you slip on a trout in the middle of a fight scene... Oh yeah but this a serious film so we should have some more slowed down shots of the cast looking sad/determined.
I also don't like that the train uses conventional old school rails instead of maglev or something more appropriate considering how much impossible maintenance that would require.
Also fuck Corey for suggesting this film. I hope a train derails at him.
Snowpiercer is awesome. It's tough out there for a low budget CGI attempt to break through. You really have to have something original or different. Snowpiercer managed to have both. It's not without it's cheesiness (and if you've seen it, you know exactly which scene I'm referring to) but it does well in having social relevance and at the same time being this gripping, gritty action film. It also has an adventure aspect to it, which is almost impossible in a premise grounded in confined spaces. I found a lot of joy in watching the creativity shown in each subsequent train car.
Saw at home with Parthamy and Jem.
Second viewing, review can be found in the first.
Like most sci-fi films it takes a while to establish its environment and to get going, but after that it doesn’t stop being entertaining.
The movie unfolds itself into a critique of not only totalitarian fascism, but also of class-based capitalism. As Chris Evans makes his way through each section of the ever-moving train, he is exposed to details about the society he has been living in.
It is not a very subtle movie about its message it wants to convey, but it didn't seem preachy to me either. The characters are incredibly over-the-top (Tilda Swinton plays a wonderfully insane Thatcherian lunatic), the special effects are very effective and the fight scenes are a lot of fun. Another thing I…
Creía que la mejor película de Chris Evans era Sunshine. No más: Snowpiercer.
Such a charming dystopian blockbuster that got shafted at the American cinemas in true "Edge of Tomorrow" fashion. Go check this film out and enjoy life for two hours.
- 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); 618-652 are not ordered yet.