Now complete: The Dissolve's 2014 Movies To See Checklist
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…
I'm a HUGE fan of foreign films! They are totally fearless and unlike Hollywood films they don't know the meaning of "Playing it Safe!" More times than not they are gloriously messy! So much so you'd swear up and down that you were sitting in the front row of a Gallagher show!
Hollywood doesn't do messy! And that my friends is why tinsel town is playing second fiddle to foreign directors whom understand their audiences aren't afraid of getting a little dirt and grit under their nails!
While director Joon-ho Bong's first English language film targets English speaking audiences he hasn't compromised his South Korean sensibilities! His vision is nothing short of a cinematic masterpiece!
The film is a delectable…
An incredibly inventive parable about class divisions and upsetting the status-quo in the guise of an action movie. Funny, exciting, thoughtful and thought-provoking, it succeeds across many levels. (Be forewarned, it does require substantial suspension of disbelief.)
I like well-done allegories.
Just amazing. A world defeated by the consequences of global warming - and the pack mentality of human nature. Wonderfully acted and fantastic action scenes make this a must see.
i rly liked the whole independent, self renewing ecosystem thing they had going on and also how chris evans was portrayed as, in the end, being inherently selfish - the only thing that stops him from becoming the new train master is the child and oMG humanity's sentimentality when it comes to children, how abusing them leads to chris evans thinking it's totally chill to end the whole human race just bc they're being used.
also the whole thinning out population i loVE that aesthetic and how in the end they've all been working together and john hurt's 'don't let him talk to u, cut out his tongue' i was so !!!!!
and i mean tilda holy christ she was…
Cool visuals, Chris Evans shows acting chops. Eat before watching.
Liked it. I wish I had known a little more what to expect going into it. At first, I expected it to be more of a straight story. Didn't anticipate all the irony, which I actually really enjoyed in hindsight.
Plinius con Mauro
I watched this because Chris Evans is cute, especially in a beard. Unfortunately in no other way can I recommend the film. Cute turns by good actors. Ed Harris chews scenery.
This film has some excellent direction and amazing camerawork that helps the characters very well. It has some great performances from everybody which includes Chris Evans, Jamie Bell. Tilda Swinton and Kang-ho Song. The special effects on the outside of the train don't look very good and kind of blocky. Very good and some of the best technical film making of the entire year.
- Stranger by the Lake
- The Lego Movie
- The Grand Budapest Hotel
- Beasts of the Southern Wild
- Lilya 4-Ever
- Dancer in the Dark
- Life Is Beautiful
My five hundred favorite films (1940-2014)
- Berberian Sound Studio
- The Life of Oharu
- Computer Chess
- Lord of the Flies
- The Act of Killing