Last year I created a similar list so it was about time I did another for those upcoming films that…
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.
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 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…
It's hard to imagine what the Weinstein Company could have wanted to cut out of Snowpiercer. Sure, it's a little long at 125 minutes, but the running time flies by. It's a wildly entertaining movie with a quick pace and a social conscience. While it may never have worked as a blockbuster, I don't think cutting out twenty minutes would have made it more accessible. I'm glad those cuts aren't happening but it's still too bad this movie is only coming out on VOD/ in limited release, since it deserves a wider audience. It's good enough, though, that word of mouth could keep it alive forever.
The premise is such: The world has frozen. What's left of humanity has boarded…
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…
As humanities solitary citadel, a sturdy locomotive appropriately titled 'The Snowpiercer' ploughs through the luminous snow of a ravaged Earth, the final remnants of mankind aboard have become detached and divided, with the higher class passengers reining superior over their subordinates. Its journey from grime to grandness is significantly depicted, but Snowpiercer's true captivation derives from its illustration of a harshly categorized civilization and our primitive impulse for estrangement over unity. Intense and wildly original, Snowpiercer moves as rapidly as the train its traversing for its first two acts, but sadly starts to wobble for the ride home.
The feculent appendage of the Snowpiercer is assigned to the poor and unfortunate, much to these citizen's vexation. We primarily examine Curtis,…
For the most part I do try to avoid comic book adaptations as much as I possibly can. Firstly because the vast majority of superhero stories don't interest me at all and secondly because I usually just end up annoyed that I don't know half of what's going on in such adaptations.
I admit that it's a hard balancing act for directors. I can understand that they don't want to completely alienate the source material's readership by completely disregarding key areas of interest from the source, but at the same time they also want to try and make their film appeal to the likes of me who hasn't picked up a comic since the last time I bought Whizzer & Chips…
Bong Joon-ho delivers with a smart action/ sci-fi in "Snowpiercer".
Set up in the near future where all humanity is gone except for the few people that are inside the titular "Snowpiercer" train where it's passengers are divided in economic classes. Demonstrating the reality of classism, and what humanity would do for survivor. With it's pretty capable cast in Chris Evans, Song-Kang-Ho, John Hurt and the especially great Tilda Swinton, there's solid done in every aspect of the movie. Along with great action pieces, and the directing Bong Joon-ho every need is satisfied. While there's a few unnecessary scene that it could've done without, it's still a exhilarating movie that deserves some re-watching from my part.
I usually don't like this kind of post-apocalyptic movies but this one just blew my mind. So good
Snowpiercer starts off great and continues to do so until about half way in, then it turns into a train wreck. Sorry for the train pun.
Chris Evans looks really cool with a beard.
hella fucking epic
I wanted to like this movie so badly and to a certain point, I did. I think I just could not get past the basic idea of why in the heck did society decide the best option after this big freeze was to stay in constant motion on this train. Like, half of the problems raised in the movie could be solved if at some point they just decided, "Okay we're making camp here. Everyone off. Let's start building new."
One thing I did like was Evans' character. His basic story was very interesting I thought and the actor did a fine job in my opinion. In fact, I really didn't have an issue with any of the acting. My problem really was with the environment the film created. I couldn't buy into it. And it's one of those movies where the more you think about it, the more it starts to make no sense.
Intriguing for the philosophical questions, but lacklustre for the integration into a flowing action story.
all right, this one will be tough to review. the story was stupid, complete drivel. the thought that a train could survive an ice age goes against my logical thought process, i mean, whod fix the tracks when the inevitably need maintenance, just doesnt make sense. now that ive gotten that out of my system though, the rest of the movie is totally badass. from the oppression and cruelty and creepiness of the first class passengers to the fantastic action and fighting throughout the movie as the revolution progresses. not to mention the graphics, not one for spoliers so ill just say one word: avalanche. so yea, cool movie in everything but plot i guess.
If you know nothing about this movie, see it. Don't check the cast list, don't check the plot, don't check ratings or reviews. Sit down and watch.
Snowpiercer Balances artistic vision with practicality, and stands as one of my favorite films of 2013. I love so much about this. Great acting from everyone involved, clear camera-work and choreography in the action scenes, well-chosen special effects. This film has so much going for it.
I only have two gripes. The first being that the very end, with the two children wandering out, was unnecessary. If they had all perished in the crash and the camera had moved out to show the polar bear on it's own it would have had…
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The topic title says it all really.
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