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…
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?).
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…
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 still need to see Bong's first feature, BARKING DOGS NEVER BITE, but I would say SNOWPIERCER doesn't quite match up to the level of his other Korean films. But if this is his weakest (or second weakest), it is the sort of curve-obliterating lowest score that ranking becomes irrelevant. The best, by far, of the recent crop of transplant vehicles for Korean auteurs, SNOWPIERCER is necessarily limited, spatially, by its conceit, and some of the action falls into the pitfalls of jittery editing and confusing collisions of bodies that typifies US genre films now.
Yet it also makes the most of its space, and as the film wears on, its fights become more elegant as Bong stretches out in…
No matter how you slice it, this is one cynical movie. It bummed me out.
It's like WALL-E on a train and rated R.
Ein fantastischer Film - buchstäblich und im übertragenen Sinne. Obwohl das Grundkonzept in typischer Manier asiatischer Filme zeitkritische Themen relativ stumpf anspricht, überzeugt die verrückte Umsetzung durch Humor, Spannung, Ideenreichtum und ganz viel Fantasie.
Die stimmige und selbstironische Atmosphäre, sowie das narrative Tempo bilden zusammen den unermüdlichen Motor des Films und treiben die Handlung in perfektem Takt voran. Stets gespannt wartet der Zuschauer darauf, welch skurrile Szenerie sich ihm wohl hinter der nächsten Tür offenbaren mag.
Mehr oder minder verkorkste Charaktere werden von einem hochkarätigen Ensemble harmonisch verkörpert und funktionieren im überspitzten Kontext des Films, anstatt lächerlich zu wirken. Besonders stachen für mich Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell und Kang-ho Song in ihren Nebenrollen heraus.
Der einfach gestrickte Plot dient als…
Snowpiercer is that classic story of a minority group overthrowing the upper class. This story takes a twist from the classic, using the setting of an elongated train and the classes of people being those at the tail end of the train, the last survivors of humanity, up to the those at the front of the train, those living lavishly.
Snowpiercer is a pretty good overall film. The story described above is much more captivating than the way it's described; the way it is slowly unraveled is very good. The direction and cinematography are both stellar; the film looks great and has a very good idea of where it wants to go. It stays on path for the entirety of…
In the 19th and 20th centuries, science fiction took our anxieties about a rapidly changing world and used them to imagine the future. In the 21st, futurism is no longer necessary. We live in the future. It may not be Star Trek, but it's hard to deny that the present moment is a watershed moment in the technological development of mankind. And it only seems to get faster.
Rather than becoming obsolete in this new future, science fiction has, to my mind, taken its place as the genre with the most potential to comment on the present. Wielded properly, it can be both myth and morality tale. True, you often contend with films like Transformers, which inversely critique our culture…
So much craziness and action. All of the awards for Tilda.
Filled with fantastic performances from the likes of Chris Evans, John Hurt, Kang-ho Song and Tilda Swinton and containing a story that is both slightly weird and incredibly dark, “Snowpiercer” takes the tropes we are all too familiar with in the world of science fiction and makes them dance to a new beat. The film tells a great story and it does so through awesome action and great characters.
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Let's talk, Abbott followers, Tory toadies, drinkers of the Tea Party Kool-Aid... Let's talk, climate change deniers... You 1%'ers... Delicates, chewing up the weak, the young, the elderly, in the cogs of survival. It's coming, hedonists, while you continue eating sushi off the backs of child workers wearing down the tiny hands that grease the tiny cogs of your world-exhausting lifestyle. It looks like it is time for Hollywood's slurry feeding self-servers to wake up. The capitalist machine is turning in on itself. It's now making art out of social prognostics. Our entertainers see the end of the world and they are throwing it back in our faces.
Snowpiercer certainly isn't the first of its ilk, but it is one…
- 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).