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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BY Liam Maguren Flicks Writer
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
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