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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…
Sorry, but nope. I wasn't feeling this one. The ending wasn't very satisfying either.
For some reason I like to watch movies about trains so of course everyone recommended this one to me.
It wasn't bad. A bit long winded in the end but for the most part entertaining.
Also, didn't know this was a Korean film before renting it. Sorry to make this comparison but it's nice to see South Korea with a progressive film industry. Here in Japan the only remaining humans in a post apocalyptic future are Japanese.
It's definitely not perfect, but very unique.
This is a really good one. A great take on the post apocalyptic story. Really good action and violence. Some great acting throughout. This is Chris Evans best performance in my eyes. Good stuff. I highly recommend this one.
Re-watch. A well worth one. Bong Joon-ho is king.
On a second watch, Bong Joon-Ho's 'Snowpiercer' is a Sci-Fi delight. At at its surface, it's a densely layered, allegorical piece of cinema that chugs along the themes of class-warfare in a dystopian setting.
The steampunk atmosphere with its video-game like aesthetics that 'level-up' as the narrative moves forward really make Snowpiercer an exciting watch. Its well-lit camerawork and insanely-detailed production design make for a visual treat, and Joon-Ho's mise en scène complements the tight screenplay.
My personal gripes with this film is its campy dialogue, which is the distinct offset of its otherwise ingenious narrative, obviously adapted from its source material.
Tilda Swinton and Ed Harris were meant to play their respective characters, and were truly the highlight performers. The homage to Terry Gilliam and the Bioshock/Fallout influence were notable too.
There's a lot that 'Snowpiercer' really offers on repeat viewings and I wish I'd seen this one in the theaters when it had originally come out.
I really want to love Snowpiercer. It's really great for the most part but there's some glaring annoyances I have with it that stop me from fully appreciating the film.
I think the world the films builds is brilliant, it's very Terry Gilliam esque, evoking a similar satirical vibe as the classic Brazil. The movie isn't even hiding the Gilliam influence either, going as far to name the lead characters' mentor/influencer "Gilliam". The train setting itself is varied and kept visually exciting through fun sets and pronounced cinematography.
A common criticism this film receives is that it is hardly being subtle about it's subtext. I feel like this isn't really an especially valid criticism to be thrown around as much…
Don't watch the trailer; just enjoy getting lost in this beautiful romp of insanity, tough subject matter and the lengths we go for a better life.
A film about hope in the darkest times, and control/lack of control. A really good film, even though the first 10 minutes can be a bit jarring and the middle wanes a bit. A very unique concept, even though the film jumps around a bit and is very outlandish at times.
Still a good film. Evans is always fantastic and he has a great cast supporting him from start to finish. Worth a watch. Do pay attention though.
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