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…
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…
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…
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…
CINEMATOGRAPHY 3.5/5 (would have been 4 if not for shaky cam).
Chris Evans has hardly ever impressed me. Never, apart from this film. He was decent in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, but he was doing comedy. Comedy's fun to act, drama's more difficult. Or so I've experienced. And the Captain America performances... I'm sorry but in my opinion he tries much too hard to be the admirable and patriotic hero, and doesn't put near enough emotion into his performances there.
But now... Snowpiercer has shown me a powerful side of Evans' acting that has me hoping for his future. Can't wait to see Puncture (whenever I get around to that...). He's…
Despite a rather bloated running time, general ridiculousness and caricaturish portrayals of class difference, all things that 2013's "Elysium" handled horribly wrong, "Snowpiercer" is a great adrenaline filled ride that, despite being based on an obscure European graphic novel, feels wholly original and fresh.
While the acting wasn't great, the over-the-top characters were generally intriguing, and the violence and action were handled subtly, compared to the usual hollywood action drivel.
My favorite film of 2014.
One of those rare movies that gets better the more you think about it. True return to classic 80's sci-fi adventure and proves once again there is no better way to show us the future than fucking with our notions of the past, especially early 20th century outlooks. I only give it 3.5 and not 4 or 5 because it's first 20 minutes are visually uninteresting. That may have been intentional and makes the film really special once Tilda Swinton shows up, but it also almost lost me. That said, wow a great return to form.
Unfortunately guys in masks with dead fish don't scare me. And neither do tales of soft meat of squishy cute babies. Unfortunately they don't entertain or move me in any way either.
What starts as a slightly updated* version of a snowy moving Russian gulag** then turns smoothly into a parallel of modern society, with a cross section of all the rotten classes of society as the "protagonists" progress through the train.
Doomed from the beginning, just like it's main characters this movie left me empty and really seriously wondering: this man ate a child, is he really disgusted on the discovery that he was eating cockroaches?
Also I've never seen anybody that happy to see a polar bear.***
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I was quite prophetic in my last review. I enjoyed the hell out of the re-watch and I'm fairly certain I'll end up buying this movie at some point as I'll just continually re-watch it. Great fun action movie.
Some people wouldn't give Snowpiercer a 4.5 but for some reason its like this film was made for me and I loved every second of it and the only reason I never give it a 5 is because I thought the end was a little poor in quality compared to the rest of the film
It was so twisted and kind of odd movie, that I had to like it.
A fascinating premise anchored by a strong central performance, Snowpiercer definitely lived up to its hype as an absorbing bit of wild-eyed claustrophobia. Despite being beset with with heavy-handed themes and occasionally unavoidable absurdity, this is a thoughtful and well-executed film.
Climate change has taken a turn for the worse, and after people tried and failed to fix things themselves, the only remaining population of humankind is trapped aboard an eternal locomotive, a traveling home for some and prison for others. A caste system would be necessary even on this miracle train, and I reluctantly understand this; however, there is a level of cruelty which becomes inexplicable, and the easiest way to unite people is to present them with a…
- Stranger by the Lake
- The Lego Movie
- The Grand Budapest Hotel
- Inherent Vice
- The Wind Rises
- Only Lovers Left Alive
- 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); 615-636 are not ordered yet.