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…
"If we ever go outside the train, we all freeze and die."
Wow, what a hell of a fiery surprise.
Snowpiercer completely came out of left field for me over these last few weeks. People on this site have been reviewing it almost constantly and I figured that I should view this film and hop on the bandwagon too.
Actually, wouldn't it be "bandtrain" in this scenario?
Anyway, Snowpiercer is one of the most surprising movies I've seen in the last few years. While watching it, I was often reminded of Apocalypse Now in that Curtis (Evans) journeys to find the engine (the heart) of this metallic beast as he is also obsessed with finding…
Snowpiercer is perhaps the first film from Bong Joon-Ho and I think it’s sort of a cliché that I would start a foreign filmmaker’s catalog by doing its English-language debut. The film was almost given the Weinstein treatment, where the film would be given cuts as well as a useless voice over narration, thus resulting in a very worldwide limited and delayed release. So it’s a pity that it was very ill treated because this is a piece of grimy steam punk sci-fi that is so fun to enjoy.
First, let begin with the letdowns of this movie as its critical buzz is becoming as over-the-top as the film itself. It is much noted that the film’s social commentary on…
The "comic" scenes, including Tilda Swinton's incredibly misconceived performance, would be enough to ruin this future-thriller. But there's much worse to be seen, including the cardinal sci-fi sin of pausing the plot to explain every allegorical and satirical angle at length. The parts where they let me watch the movie were okay, though,
The first ten minutes of the film were a little shaky. And then Tilda Swinton shows up.
It's easy to get through the sometimes heavy-handedness of the political allegories of the film when it has just a fantastic cast. Only in my dreams could I ever imagine Chris Evans, Octavia Spencer, and John Hurt kicking ass side-by-side, and man, do they do it well. The sets look straight out of Bioshock and the whole plot does have a very video game feel to it.
Why the hell Weinstein requested opening and closing monologues to a film already chock-full of explanation, I'll never know.
First of all, I liked this movie a lot. Great look to it, enjoyed all the acting in the film (particularly hot bearded Captain America, Tilda Swanson, and Kang-ho Song), and even the storyline, though I'm not sure I'm on board (See what I did there?) with the ending.
Having said that, a lot of people are clamoring about how it's the best movie of the year and I just wasn't quite there with it. Maybe another viewing would help, though, and I still recommend catching it in the theater if possible.
Chris Evans easily delivers the greatest performance of his career in this film. The action sequences (especially the Slow Motion scenes) are breathtaking, visually outstanding. The movie is terrifically casted as well, actors such as, Tilda Swinton, John Hurt, and Octavia Spencer give solid performances. Although, the pacing is somewhat mediocre, Director Bong Joon-ho has created an original film that must be witnessed. Trust me, CHRIS EVANS WAS "BAD-ASS!"
Letter Grade: A-
Get ready for disappointment.
It was okay, but it's not the next Matrix. The allegory of the train is good and the performances are great, but it falls apart at the end. Yes, a Gilliam-esque film doesn't have to make sense. Yes, many sci-fi films have unresolved endings. But Snowpiercer ... Aw, screw it. I'm not any good at reviews. Watch the movie, you'll see.
I appreciate any original sci-fi movie and thankfully this one does a lot of things right.
The world building is really cool, regardless of flaws or holes that can be found. The movie is beautifully shot, with a couple of really impressive scenes.
While the movie's message is a little on the nose, I appreciate that it at least has some depth to it. I'll definitely be looking into some of Joon-ho's other movies.
One of the only blockbusters I've ever seen where I literally had no idea what was going to happen.
Exciting, original, moving, thought-provoking, unpredictable, mind-blowing, and totally crazy.
Go in blind. You won't regret it.
One of the best movies I've watched this year.
- Inherent Vice
- The Wind Rises
- Only Lovers Left Alive
- The Grand Budapest Hotel
- 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
- Christiane F.
My six hundred favorite films (1940-2014).