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…
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…
The class allegory can be thick, but the sci-fi narrative thrust entertains and Evans is solid, if always dour.
Engaging, fierce and at times funny - but not so wildly original, in the end.
The characters of this film I wish were developed more, that way we could feel for these characters and what they are fighting for and maybe even the setting by showing us what happened and why the earth froze. Besides that, Snowpiercer contains some cool action sequences (sadly, cheap effects) and cinematography and a riveting performance by Evans. It's story is interesting but the pacing makes the film feel a bit too long. Also, it's ending was a bit dissapointing. Either than that, it was pretty good.
A good watch. Highly recommended.
Snowpiercer is a technical phenomenon; the visual appearance pushes far past the expectations of blockbuster films and incorporates ace acting, intricate details to costume and set design and an overall incredible concept for a film that manages to brings it all to life on screen.
I had viewed this film without any knowledge of the plot or arrangements for our characters and once I understood that the entire film would occur on a massive moving train traveling through a winter wasteland, I was completely enthralled by this cinematic breath of fresh air. The movement of the survivors in the tail as they mount to the front, as if climbing a mountain, is swift and adventurous since every train car holds…
Hands down, one of the greatest science fiction films I've seen in years. Not only is it an audaciously ambitious art-house action spectacular, but also a taut social allegory about class and power.
An interesting movie.
- 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.