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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…
After Park Chan-wook & Kim Jee-woon made their English-language directional debut with the gothic chiller Stoker & Schwarzenegger-starring actioner The Last Stand, respectively, it was only a matter of time before director Bong Joon-ho joined them for he had already made his mark as one of the most promising talents to come out from the Asian Cinema powerhouse. And what truly separates his latest picture from the other two master storytellers’ recent films is that despite being an English-language film & featuring a cast of known Hollywood personalities, Snowpiercer never really feels like an American movie but instead has more in common with director’s native works.
Set in a dystopian future where almost all life on Earth has been wiped out after an…
shit son this was intense
chris was great in this
i didnt like the ending though
This is easily the most structurally together film of Bong's since Memories of Murder. Some of the action scenes are incoherently directed and go on for far too long but I suspect they are not what the Weinstein's had in mind for their cuts. The central metaphor is a bit muddled too with the train not being utilized to its full power. Still the metaphor is so textual that it doesn't have to make full sense and the few Brazil style bits are deeply satisfying in preventing any sort of safety or upward mobility.
Pretty and amazing with a hella message. If you think about it too hard there are many plot holes but if you ignore them it's utterly amazing.
A madhouse dystopia bulleting through an icy landscape. A director demonstrating his mad chops behind the camera via clever utilization of room after room of long horizontal shooting space. Endlessly inventive and really weird. Bong Joon Ho delivers just as much brazen genre-mixing as he did with THE HOST. If you like atypical sci-fi and movie as metaphor, check this out. Please avoid if you're a picky logic minded guy or gal who insists on having answers for everything. This film transports you to another dimension.
At some point during the production of Snowpiercer, Bong Joon Ho said if the film takes place on a train, the film itself needs to be a train. What that means is that each scene is like a compartment, connected but disparate. It means the film barrels straightforwardly. It means it can't explore the surrounding themes but head on a collision course with its main plot and theme. And it means at a certain point, the film must derail.
There are a lot of things to like about Bong's latest release. The action is impressive; the sauna scene is a particular standout. Its commentary on American consumerism is pretty spot on in that, as Basil put it, it places itself…
A film entirely in service of a metaphor, but what a film and what a metaphor. The tonal blend Snowpiercer is one of the great all-time balancing acts.
Ótimo. Chris Evans manda muito bem, assim como resto do elenco incluindo a magnífica Tilda. Sou suspeita por que tenho queda por histórias que abordam revoluções e decadências de sistemas corrompidos, mas esse aqui realmente me conquistou.
Comically absurd but still dark.
Still holds up on the second watch. A super original and unique film. Lot's of really interesting cinematography and set designs. Super ambitious, and it really pulls it off.