Snowpiercer

Snowpiercer

(2013)

Fight your way to the front.

Futuristic sci-fi actioner from Joon-Ho Bong (The Host), starring Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, Octavia Spencer and Ed Harris. In a future where a failed global-warming experiment kills off most life on Earth, a class system evolves among the few survivors aboard the Snowpiercer - a train that travels around the globe via a perpetual-motion engine. Based on French comic Le Transperceneige.

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I enjoyed every bonkers, goofy, cartoonish, creative moment of Snowpiercer, right down to the Matrix-esque ending exposition of bloated proportions. For such a singular and compact setting, the film presents so much inventiveness around every corner – including a multi-carriage shoot-out that happens around an actual corner. The utter strangeness of its overt conceit – a class system ordered from front to back – clicks with moments of inexplicable oddness (Chris Evans slips over a fish) and distinctively peculiar characters that relish in the bombast of its colourful script. I want to see it again.


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BY Ian_Anderson superstar

Snowpiercer is based on a French graphic novel about a train that carries all that remains of the world's population on an endless journey through a frozen landscape. We join the freeloaders at the back of the train as they revolt and try to take over the engine at the front.

From the dirt and rags of the windowless carriage at the back of the train the scene changes carriage by carriage. The graphic novel origins show through in the visual humour, the holes in the premise and simplistic... More characters (particularly the cartoonish villains - Tilda Swinton is Snowpiercer's one redeeming feature).

Unfortunately I didn't care for any of the good guys and their strategy is less than subtle. We have no doubt that the unarmed plebs will get through all the locked doors and defeat the army of guards blocking their way. The repetitive nature of get through a locked door into the next carriage, fight the bad guys, rinse and repeat began to feel like an unchallenging computer game where the main interest is seeing what the next level looks like. In this carefully ordered world each carriage has a purpose and is decorated accordingly. Similarly the occupants of each carriage dress according to their caste and purpose. It is obvious that the people designing the sets and costumes had a lot of fun.

I enjoyed Bong Joon Ho's comedy monster romp, The Host. There are plenty of good movie scenes shot on trains and it is pity Bong Joon Ho wasn't inspired by them.

Snowpiercer may well become a cult film but if like me you loose interest in the heroes, start seeing holes in the plot and see scenes that could be better filmed then you know that the director has lost you.Hide


BY JackWallace superstar

Directed by Joon-ho Bong and produced by Chan-wook Park, director of the Korean cult classic Oldboy. Snowpiercer is an audacious entertaining sci-fi action thrill-ride. For 18 years, the world's small population live on a train that never stops moving. Society is divided by the rich and the poor. The rich live in luxury at the front of the train, and the poor live in the dark, dirty back of the train and are forced to eat disgusting black nutrition bars. Chris Evans plays Curtis, the poor's... More future leader once John Hurt dies. Curtis plans the revolution to fight his way to the front of the train. Chris Evans, known for playing Captain America, is incredible and gives the best performance of his career. Tilda Swinton is over-the-top as Mason, the evil villain that kidnaps children and wears fake teeth. The art direction and action sequences are fantastic. Great original action films are rare these days. We need more action films like Snowpiercer and The Raid 2. I f**king loved Snowpiercer. One of the best films of the year.Hide


The Press Reviews

94% of critics recommend.
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  • Works brilliantly, the sum of extremely disparate parts that adds up to cinematic excellence. Full Review

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