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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…
Good action sci fi movie.
It’s the same dystopian, classist story we’ve seen a hundred times before, but innovative director Joon-ho Bong manages to reinvigorate the concept like never before. A sci-fi film not to be missed. 8.7
Engels and Lukacs admired Balzac and Sir Walter Scott, not because they glorified the proletariat. They didn't. In fact they were both reactionaries. They admired them because they showed class relationships realistically. Although there's hardly anything realistic about Snowpiercer, it's pits the classes against each in a necessarily dog-eat-dog world in a way that rings true as an allegory for our increasingly unstable times. While the ultimate act of the film may be a tad idealistic, it can hardly ruin the critique or the extraordinarily bold filmmaking choices.
A post-apoclaypse film will never get you like this one. Not only is there diversity in it, and I mean lots, but it deals with social issues. Trust me, you want a smart, gritty, action packed movie that'll make you OMFG, look no further
It's not enough to change who runs the system, you have to destroy the whole rotten thing.
Phenomenal movie. So weird, eccentric, great performance by Chris Evans...
During the first act I was willing to hate it, with its over used rich-people-evil-poor-people-good plot, the badly filmed fight scenes and Tilda Swinton’s inappropriatly cartoony performance. But once they got out of the first door, it immediately won me over and only got better with every car. Even the camera stopped shaking whenever a fight happened!
Okay, the script relies heavily on certain cliches of “Journey of the chosen one”-stories, the somewhat open ending feels undeserved and despite some jawdropping twists and relevations, the final 20 minutes drag a lot. But for most of its runtime, SNOWPIERCER is one of the most entertaining and well made Science Fiction movies of the last decades.
I haven't been on in awhile. So Let's start by reviewing the favorite of the films thus far.
Fuck if this isn't a great movie.
(yes my fans you've waited for that line)