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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I avoided this film for two years because I had heard very mixed reactions, from this is horrible and overrated, to this is a genuine masterpiece. Upon watching it, I admit I fall into the latter camp.
There hasn't been a movie with this combination of gritty violence, wild imagination, and epically stunning visuals in like 10 years. It's like this came from an alternate reality where directors like The Wachowskis and Alex Proyas didn't sell out and make a bunch of wack cliche stuff. It often forgoes logic in place of creativity and visual awesomeness, but that's part of what makes it so great.
The political allegory in this is so heavy as to balance a massive multi-participant axe battle (among other things) and yet 2 weeks after watching this I am still chewing over wither the ending is hopeful or bleak?
Absolutely sure I'm not the only person to say this, but like Bioshock on a train, Snowpiercer is chock full of surprise, intensity, humor, and thoughtful insight. I went in blind and came out of one the better movie-going experiences I've had in recent member. Absolutely see this film in theaters while there's still a chance to- it's an exciting and unique experience that I won't forget, and honestly don't want to.
A formidable film with an inventive story, a great directing, an impeccable casting (I recognised several actors I had seen in "minor films" or series and was glad to see them there along with famous faces, all perfect in their roles), some right emotion and nice stylised action scenes far from the usual hollywoodian mess/crap. Chronologically speaking the last SF film about as great that I saw was Children of Men.
The distinctive look of the film is beset by flimsy, pompous writing that thinks it invented post-apocalyptic SF. Being unfamiliar with Le Transperceneige, I don't know if the adaptation or the source material is to blame. I'm inclined to believe the graphic novel had more time and room to evolve its themes and ideas into something coherent. At this point, I just don't care.
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.