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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…
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…
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?).
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…
As far as Koreans trying their hand at an English language film, the producer / director pair of Park Chan-wook and Bong Joon-ho certainly have what it takes to pull it off. Park already received critical success for his first English language film, Stoker, and Bong the right skill set evidenced by his well received action Sci-Fi, The Host.
While not perfect, I think Snowpiercer is a bold, compelling, and original Sci-Fi actioner that can truly call itself a hard Science Fiction.
The true test of a great Sci-Fi is if it can work without relying on its subtext, and Snowpiercer succeeds on this level. It takes from the best of Korean cinema action roots. Here, revenge is traded for…
Everything about this films oozes fantastic. I'm obsessed with the concept and Chris Evans performance. He proved that he has maximum staying power and can play other roles outside of his iconic Captain America. Thoroughly impressed with this film and one of my favorites of 2014.
“Would you wear a shoe on your head? Of course you wouldn't wear a shoe on your head. A shoe doesn't belong on your head. A shoe belongs on your foot. A hat belongs on your head. I am a hat. You are a shoe. I belong on the head. You belong on the foot.”
Directed by Jong Boon-ho, Snowpiercer inhabits a post-apocalyptic, ice-lavished world, where humanity is violently reduced by a failed global warming experiment and is made to live on a bullet train of continuous movement. For the fraction of humanity that is left, survival is dependent upon the train and its society. Trouble is, though, that not everybody is satisfied with their place in this…
Set in a future where a failed climate-change experiment kills all life on the planet except for a lucky few who boarded the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe, where a class system emerges
Great movie, except for a few flaws this is really good. The flaws are quite large in my opinion (we all differ in grading that kind of things) and that drags down the rating a lot for this one. Imagine if they would not have been there... ;-)
Thomas the Tank Engine on speed, set on the island of Sodor (aka the world) covered in snow.
Just like the actual Thomas the Tank Engine stories, this needed more engines to make it interesting. Percy, Toby and maybe James would have made it more enjoyable. Not Gordon though, because he's a prat.
A rewatch. Yep, it's still fantastic.
I will straight-up admit that I have never read the French graphic novel from which Snowpiercer is based on. But you know what?
The film was good enough for me to want to check it out.
Snowpiercer is the American debut (right?) of Bong Joon-Ho (South Korean film director of The Host, Memories Of Murder, and Mother) and I think he knocked it out of the park.
Unlike the American debut of Kim Jee-Woon (The Good The Bad The Weird and I Saw The Devil) with The Last Stand.
But I think Bong had a lot more freedom than Kim did. Watch both those filmmakers' films in their homeland and then their American debuts. It's pretty obvious who got the…
A weird and wonderful piece of cinema. The internal logic is all over the place but it's hard to hold anything against a film so brimming with original ideas and so brilliantly directed. Chris Evans is turning out to be quite a decent actor as well.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
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