A post-apocalyptic ice age forces humanitys last survivors aboard a globe-spanning supertrain that functions via a perpetual-motion engine. One man will risk everything to incite a revolt for control of the engine and the future of the world.
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David Lynch remakes 'Brazil' as an action horror with the crew from 'Spaced' (not for nothing are two main characters named 'Gilliam' and 'Edgar'). Messy, confusing, and with more holes than the Albert Hall, every single face onscreen acts like they're in a completely different movie from everyone else. Beautifully bonkers.
Imaginative, socially conscious, character-driven spectacle, with a lot of heart -- even if it is visually moot and samey. Highlights: Bong Joon-ho goes to town in a demented, happy-go-lucky classroom scene (that takes menacing detours), Chris Evans delivers a chilling monologue that grossed me out more than anything I've *seen* onscreen this year, and that final plot twist...
[Spoiler] Inspirational rebellion-meets-paranoid conspiracy yarn mashed into one entertaining, if OTT, package: a Noah's Ark fable for an age of internet conspiracy and Colour Revolutions. The casting and the comic moments are generally inspired (Swinton's gawky bureaucrat, the classroom singalong), and the ending stark enough to warrant it being taken with a modicum more seriousness than your average disaster flick.
It may sound ungrateful when the movie features a psychotic Tilda Swinton and a character named after Terry Gilliam, but Snowpiercer could have been nuttier. Part Metropolis, part Dawn of the Dead, it's best when it's totally bonkers, but too much of it is flat: the action is often either prosaic or almost incoherent. Still, even if it tosses the pieces of its plot up in the air, they land in a pleasing fashion.
I wasn't impressed by Snowpiercer but I didn't hate it either. A decent cast but Tilda Swinton steals the show. There were some great sequences (the ice roadblocks and a couple key fights) but the closer they got to the front of the train the more they lost me. Some great frozen post apocalyptic imagery but ending felt like it was painted into a corner.
The North American version of the human dystopia of "The Host", and almost as good. In fact, nobody in that film industry knows and thinks of space and light and its narratives implications as Joon-Ho, and much less provides them with cinematic thought. Ends where John Carpenter's "The Thing" ended : in the immensity of Expectancy. And its whiteness.
Believe the hype. Bong Joon-ho's internationally cast science fiction action film delivers all around offering the perfect antidote to brainless summer blockbusters. The basic story is quite sublime; the remainder of humanity are basically prisoner on a perpetually travelling train and have been segmented by class and function in the cars along the way. 'One must know one's place'. Tilda Swinton is bloody brilliant
This is one of the best sci-fi movies that I've seen in recent times. The odyssey from the tail to the head of the Snowpiercer is amazing both visually and in terms of storytelling. The social dilemmas, the ecosystem that exists inside the train and the craziness of Tilda Swinton's character all add up to this amazing journey!