My rating: 4 1/2 reels out of 5
Snowpiercer is the kind of movie that will resonate in your mind for days. It is a smart, thought-provoking, and an entertaining film from director Joon-ho Bong (best known for his film, The Host, no not the one based on that Stephanie Meyer book). Joon-ho creates a very detailed world about a failed global-warming experiment that forces the last people on Earth onto the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the world. On this train, a class system evolves that suppresses those who live at the tail of the train, which leads to an uprising lead by Curtis (Chris Evans).
The characters in the film are richly deep. Every single character had depth and a story behind their eyes. Some of the villains you just want to hate and they don’t even say a word. One of my favorite characters was Grey (Luke Pasqaulino), a hero who didn’t say much in the film but he kicked all kinds of ass. Among the cast is also Tilda Swinton, always embodying the roles she plays, she delivers as an awkward government official. The always great, John Hurt, playing Gilliam, a mentor to Curtis. But the scene stealer for me is Chris Evans, you think you have Curtis figured out but his choices he makes later in the film really defines the kind of person he is.
Snowpiercer moves very smoothly. There is one scene where the film went to a strange and weird place. I suppose that scene just felt uncomfortable for me but the scene was necessary for the overall premise of the story. Like most post-apocalyptic stories, the focus is on humanity and usually it doesn’t paint a pretty picture of what we’re capable of. We are violent animals who are willing to do whatever it takes to survive. Snowpiercer deals with themes of fate, destiny, and religion. Everyone has their place in the world. There has to be balance in order to survive. Being a savior to people requires sacrifice.
Snowpiercer is a rare blend of smarts and action. Aesthetically pleasing. It will surprise you when you least expect it to. Take a break from mindless blockbusters and go watch this movie!
My expectations: Was expecting just a run of the mill post-apocalyptic movie but I definitely got more out of it than I expected.
Re-watch value: I could easily watch this again.
Recommendation: I can recommend this film. It is a bit on the violent side, so if you don’t like those kind of films, might be best to stay away (you wuss!).
Memorable: Snowpiercer is the kind of film that will stay with you forever.