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 dense, more so than I had anticipated, its plot initially fuelled by the heated emotions that run through the titular train’s lowest class culture, a desperation for a revolution, to finally end the suffering that has plagued them for 17 years. Its tail to head journey is led by the headstrong Curtis (Chris Evans), radiating leadership and intelligence, appointed by the people as their front in their trials towards the engine, which is manufactured and controlled by a man named Wilford (Ed Harris), a visionary who saw the end of our world in the horizon, constructing a train that is capable of self-sustainment and endurance from the harsh cold climate that exists beyond the train’s walls.
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…
The idea is good but otherwise this is a totally useless movie, couldn't find anything good about it. Tilda Swinton's character was like straight from a bad sketch, other characters were so papery, its darkness and unclear images bugged me, characters were acting stupidly most of the time, the ending was lame and computer effects were just bad. The best scene was that classroom scene from which I give extra half star. I don't get it why people like this... I watched this through only to see how bad it is.
A post-apocalyptic film condensing the dystopian philosophy of The Hunger Games in a train, however more aggressive and more frightening. It was interesting to see the oft violent-leaning, psychologically-taxing, dissonant sensibilities of Korean cinema injected by its director with much verve. With (almost) every moment happening inside a train, the visually arresting production was a welcoming surprise. The film closes with an expected ending, if not a weird one. Yet it remains that this is a well-accomplished sci-fi film that is worth a rewatch.
For dat Tilda Swinton and the unabashed vision.
chris evans cured me from being sick and brought me back to life. (tag yourself i am the fish)
For some reason this just seemed like something I needed to revisit. I'm glad I did. It's frankly amazing. More than I'd even remembered exactly.
I really liked Chris Evans' majestic beard.
Bonkers! Great ideas but not very original story
Pretty freaking fantastic film that is apocalyptic sci-fi and allegorical thriller. Bong Joon-ho has so much style and a masterful grasp of technique that he makes an inherently ridiculous premise work brilliantly onscreen.
tilda swinton is incredible. chris evans is surprisingly good. the baby scene....i got chills
Step One: Go to www.random.org.
Step Two: Pick a Number.
Step Three: GET WEIRD!