to tell you the truth prior watching this film I didn’t really know what to expect. the trailer was very vague and didn’t give much information. the world got frozen and there was a mysterious train filled with survivors who were living in harsh conditions, everything else seemed to be unclear.
The film presents us a post apocalyptic future where the entire world froze over due to earths global warming. The last survivors of the human race remain living on a snow piercing train. the worlds remaining population is divided to two classes: the passengers of the train who were fortunate enough to buy a ticket to this last fun ride and the people who were granted the opportunity to catch the ride. The privileged passengers occupy the front of the train while the 2nd rate citizens occupy the tail of the train.
Wilford the man who build the train rules everything and everyone using brutal force, when most of the time the tail section habitants are on the receiving end of the punishment. The movie describes the time when the tail section's habitants revolt once again to get the power into their own hand. Lead by Curtis (Chris Evans) they seem to finally found the right formula to change everything in their favor. Snowpiercer brings us humanities best and worst when most of the time we see the worst. People are ready to do the most despicable things to stay alive or sustain their position in the hierarchy of this new society. It was fascinating to see that the privileged were the ones who were massively brainwashed believing in their divine Wilford, and the rest of the shocking propaganda that was pumped into their heads in the last 17 years. On the other hand the tails section passengers were the ones that humane mostly because they were oppressed and were difficult to control.
Snowpiercer is not your regular cheap sci fi / action flick, the final scenes with Curtis and Namgoong Minsu and later on with Wilford can blow your mind giving you answers to questions you didn’t ask yourselves or even know existed.
One of the scenes I need to mention was the one with the Teacher (Alison Pill), from its beginning I couldn’t really figure out why was it there. It seemed to be a disturbing exposition giving the audience another clue to what kind of a world Wilford created on his train (to whoever didn’t have enough from the Mason character). The entire performance from Alison Pill was even more disturbing than what we got from Tilda Swinton up to this point. Only towards the end of the scene it got through to our heads what Joon-ho Bong was trying to tell us with it. When your back is to the wall you do anything to survive.
One of the only things I didn’t really get about the film was the train. Why the train? Why not hide in some bunker under all the snow? And if we are talking about the train, what is it running on? Does it refuel? Why does it need to go so fast? What’s the engine is running on? After all, it’s not divine like Willford claimed.
Most of Chris Evans films were always light and fun, and that was even before he joined the Marvel universe as Captain America, Evans was always entertaining and a delight to watch. Snowpiercer was one of the better roles he made in his career, this time playing a deep character with a very dark and shocking past.
Like I mentioned before this is one of the better films I saw in recent time and I’m not categorizing it as one of the better action / Sci Fi films, it’s a great film. this film has unique depth to it, it makes you think how far an individual can go just to survive or maintain what he has in order to help the majority of his kind to keep on going.
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