Title – Snowpiercer (2013)
Director – Joon-ho Bong (The Host)
Cast – Chris Evans, Jamie Bell, Tilda Swinton, John Hurt, Octavia Spencer, Alison Pill, Ed Harris, Ewen Bremmer, Kang-ho Song
Plot – In the near future after a failed attempt to halt global warming goes horribly astray and plunges the world into extinction, a group of humanities sole survivors live life out abroad the Snowpiercer, a train on a continuous loop around the globe and a train that harbors a class system of the rich and the poor. Survivors led by Curtis (Evans) at the trains end however decide enough is enough and plot a revolution that will take them all the way to the train’s mysterious leader Wilford.
“Know your place. Accept your place. Be a shoe”
Review by Eddie on 6/6/2014
Mark my (un-professional and un-qualified) words cinema lovers, Snowpiercer is destined for a long and healthy life as not only a cult classic but a Sci-Fi genre classic and despite all its lengthy and well talked about post production troubles (that involve delayed releases in Western countries due to Harvey Weinstein thinking this may be too smart for Western audiences) Snowpiercer is a film that defies categorization or a comparable title and works in almost all areas that it should of failed in.
Joon-ho Bong director and maker of the fantastic creature feature The Host has here with his first English language movie crafted a unique and often freakishly original adaptation of the French graphic novel Le Transperceneige, filling his tale with brimming to life characters, high energy action and a script that often goes to unexpected and intriguing places. Heightening these facets achieved is the fact that the entire movie takes place on a moving train, not exactly the typical place to tell a 2 hour plus tale of class structure and pin point examination of human nature. That Bong had the courage and skill to pull this off is testament to his talent behind the camera and it cannot be underestimated just how well he pulls off the telling of his material. Bong also has at his disposal a to die for and on form cast and a production crew that have pulled off some of the most impressive set design seen in sci-fi for some time.
The people aboard humanity’s last harbourer of life are filled with relatable characteristics, flaws and all including the train itself act as living breathing members of the film thanks to a wonderful portrayal of a class system aboard a moving locomotive. Each section is a wonderment of production and thought from a brainwashed children’s classroom to a fully-fledged aquarium, one of the true joys of the film is seeing what awaits our revellers behind each unlocked door. This group of revellers lead by Captain America himself Chris Evans in much gruffer form as reluctant leader Curtis are a mightily interesting bunch. From Jamie Bell’s loyal second hand man Edgar, John Hurt’s limb missing wise man Gilliam and Tilda Swinton’s barely recognisable Thatcher like matriarch Mason, the cast brims with colour and life and takes Snowpiercer to comparable levels to Sci-Fi classics like Alien/Aliens in terms of cast likeability.
With all its troubles involving Harvey “Scissorhands” Weinstein Snowpiercer truly deserves more acknowledgment and sadly that may take years down the line to come to fruition. Marketed the right way Snowpiercer could’ve easily been one of the year’s sleeper hits and possibly even award winning features. Visually stunning and filled to the brim with ideas you get the feeling as many films in the past have proved, glory may take a while to achieve but once it arrives it’s just as sweet as ever and ladies and gentleman you will one day be calling this a Sci-Fi masterpiece, a call that is absolutely deserved for one of the year’s best films.
4 and a half protein jelly blocks out of 5
Snowpiercer has not yet been released in Western markets but Blu-Ray copies are available from overseas markets with English language options.