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.
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…
It's rare to see sci-fi that's so stirring that also takes on modern societal issues. "Snowpiercer" is that exact film, cranking the stakes up to 11 and consistently finding new ways to make the next action sequence more enthralling than the last one (given the boundaries of its setting). This one has potential to become a classic in the genre.
Still amazing on rewatch!
Curtis is 100% my favourite kind of character, the reluctant antihero.
This is going in my top 10 of the year. That may be a little controversial since IMDB classifies this at a 2013 film however I follow the release dates of the Rotten Tomatos site.
♫ What happens if the engine stops?
We all freeze and die! ♫
This would have made a decent video game, I suppose, but as a movie, it was garbage. The characters were flat, the dialogue was beyond lazy, and the plot was predictable and hole-ridden.
I wish this was made in 2014 so i could put it in my top 3. Action scenes are exciting, the cinematography is breathtaking and it can be preachy and a little nonsensical but i already want to watch it again.
Zane wanted to show it to Amy. We watched it over Chipotle.
Chris Evans is amazing in this movie.
An interesting premise, but otherwise a total letdown with cliched final act and bad dialogue.
I don't think there are any train puns to make that haven't been made already, but it sincerely was a wild ride. The cast was magnificently diverse in both levels of fame and race. Chris Evans really breaks away from his blockbusting persona in this one and for the most part he does a spectacular job (His famous "You know why I hate myself?" monologue fell a bit flat for me though, I thought it was going to be better than that idk). There is a scene towards the end, when he's alone, and the close up is just mesmerizing and I'm pretty sure it's not just because he's beautiful. (Although he is incredibly beautiful, even with grim and blood all over his beautifully bearded face.)
But Chris isn't even the best part. My two absolute favorite things about this movie are Tilda Swinton and Alison Pill and I refuse to say anything more about them. Just watch it.
- 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)
- Inherent Vice
- The Wind Rises
- Only Lovers Left Alive
- The Grand Budapest Hotel
Continuing my yearly look at the most promising upcoming films, here is my 100 most anticipated films of the coming…