Review: Snowpiercer

Review: Snowpiercer

When watching a movie, my wife and I typically have a great time during the trailers. We talk about the movies we want to see, the ones we won’t see (I can’t handle the scary stuff, there I said it), and the ones that looks somewhat interesting if we get really bored and need a flick to watch. We see enough movies that there aren’t a lot of surprises. It is rare for us to have not heard about a movie and experience tells us that if we haven’t heard about it, it might not be worth watching, at least in the theater.

On a recommendation from a coworker, I just watched a movie that I hadn’t heard anything about called Snowpiercer. It is currently in theaters in a limited theatrical release, but is available in multiple places on-demand (Amazon, iTunes, etc). This movie stars Captain America, I mean Chris Evans as Curtis. It also stars Ed Harris as Wilford, Tilda Swinton as Mason and John Hurt as Gilliam.

This movie is set about 15 years in the future. Due to global warming in the year 2014, governments from around the world seed the atmosphere to cool the earth a few degrees. Their plan doesn’t quite work and the temperature plummets and turns the world into one large snowstorm so cold that you will literally freeze solid in just a matter of moments. Fortunately, Wilford has built a train that never needs to stop and moves around the globe over the course of a year. This train has 3 sections, the rich in the front, the middle class in the middle and those who received free tickets in the tail section. The tail section is basically a slum (think Elysium or Hunger Games). At first, maybe due to some naivety, I felt this wouldn’t really happen. With all of these resources, why would they have such an extreme class system? Then I see an article like this one and realize it probably isn’t so far off from the truth.

After spending nearly half his life on the train, in the tail section, Curtis sets a plan in motion to move forward from the back to the front and take the engine. He isn’t the first to try, in fact there have been multiple attempts in the past and they have all failed. Fortunately, he has the help of Namgoong Min-su (played by Song Kango-ho) who is a security expert to help Curtis get through the various doors in the train.

The imagery on this train as Curtis and rest of the tail section move forward is very well done. There is no doubt the tiny tail section compares poorly to middle class and the wealthy front. In between fight sequences which are rather intense, there are pauses as the tail section passengers take in sights and sounds that they didn’t know still existed. It is this juxtaposition of fighting and reflection that makes this a compelling film to watch. The movie also ends with a twist that I didn’t see coming and I can usually spot them pretty quickly.

Overall this was a fun movie to rent. The acting is well done, the premise is unique as I can’t recall the last good train movie (Throw Momma from the Train anyone?), and pacing is really good. I don’t feel I would pay full price for this movie, but it was worth the rental price. For having never heard of this film before the recommendation, it wasn’t a bad find.

When watching a movie, my wife and I typically have a great time during the trailers. We talk about the movies we want to see, the ones we won’t see (I can’t handle the scary stuff, there I said it), and the ones that looks somewhat interesting if we get really bored and need a flick to watch. We see enough movies that there aren't a lot of surprises. It is rare for us to have not heard about a movie and experience tells us that if we haven’t heard about it, it might not be worth watching, at least in the theater. On a recommendation from a coworker, I just watched a movie that I hadn't heard anything about called Snowpiercer. It is currently in theaters in a limited theatrical release, but is available in multiple places on-demand (Amazon, iTunes, etc). This movie stars Captain America, I mean Chris Evans as Curtis. It also stars Ed Harris as Wilford, Tilda Swinton as Mason and John Hurt as Gilliam. This movie is set about 15 years in the future. Due to global warming in the year 2014, governments from around the world seed the atmosphere to cool the earth a few degrees. Their plan doesn't quite work and the temperature plummets and turns the world into one large snowstorm so cold that you will literally freeze solid in just a matter of moments. Fortunately, Wilford has built a train that never needs to stop and moves around the globe over the course of a year. This train has 3 sections, the rich in the front, the middle class in the middle and those who received free tickets in the tail section. The tail section is basically a slum (think Elysium or Hunger Games). At first, maybe due to some naivety, I felt this wouldn't really happen. With all of these resources, why would they have such an extreme class system? Then I see an article like this one and realize it probably isn't so far off from the truth. After spending nearly half his life on the train, in the tail section, Curtis sets a plan in motion to move forward from the back to the front and take the engine. He isn't the first to try, in fact there have been multiple attempts in the past and they have all failed. Fortunately, he has the help of Namgoong Min-su (played by Song Kango-ho) who is a security expert to help Curtis get through the various doors in the train. The imagery on this train as Curtis and rest of the tail section move forward is very well done. There is no doubt the tiny tail section compares poorly to middle class and the wealthy front. In between fight sequences which are rather intense, there are pauses as the tail section passengers take in sights and sounds that they didn't know still existed. It is this juxtaposition of fighting and reflection that makes this a compelling film to watch. The…

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Score - 6.5

6.5

Overall this was a fun movie to rent. The acting is well done, the premise is unique as I can’t recall the last good train movie. For having never heard of this film before the recommendation, it wasn't a bad find.

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