My five hundred favorite films (1940-2014)
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…
You know the polar bear eats them.
Those protein bars made my mouth all watery.
I'm fucking serious.
In a time when post-apocalyptic films are all the rage for teens it's nice to see a well thought out adult version. It's got great action and is very well acted.
Suspending my disbelief enough to accept that a perpetually moving train and its tracks would have been able to withstand the cold while a sufficiently-clothed human would not, AND that choosing to sustain a fixed population within said train would have been the most effective and cost-efficient way to deal with the crisis at hand, was a major hurdle for me. That aside, I suppose I was mildly entertained, when I was not reminded of the nonsensicality of it all.
What a beautiful South Korean science fiction action film based on the French graphic novel Le Transperceneige by Jacques Lob, Benjamin Legrand and Jean-Marc Rochette. Directed by Bong Joon-ho, and written by Bong and Kelly Masterson it was enjoyable, exciting and made me think regardless the shallowness in some instances and the unexplored possibilities this story offered. The film marks Bong's English-language debut; approximately 80% of the film was shot in English, and if you ask me, he did a really good job! Same goes for the film stars Chris Evans, Song Kang-ho, Go Ah-sung, Jamie Bell, Ewen Bremner, John Hurt, Tilda Swinton, Octavia Spencer, and Ed Harris.
Very unique story happens in the near future, where an experiment to…
I want to see Chris Evans as the leading role in more non-Marvel movies. Also, Curtis says he is on the train for 17-18 years (he says both), that means humanity was extinguished in 2013 (movie takes place in 2031.) This makes loads of concepts in the film very unplausible. A very good watch nonetheless.
Second viewing, one star drop in rating.
- 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.
- Inherent Vice
- The Wind Rises
- Only Lovers Left Alive
- The Grand Budapest Hotel
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