Synopsis: Read on IMDB
Should you watch this movie? it is definitely a thought-provoking tale by South Korean director Bong Joon-ho. At least for that reason I would recommend to watch.
In this dystopian future, the only survivors of a catastrophic ice age (accidentally created to counteract the effects of global warming) live aboard the “Snowpiercer”, a train powered by a perpetual motion engine. The survivors live in a class system where the elite lives in the front of the train and the poorest members live at the tail. The movie follows the latest rebellion attempt by the tail inhabitants who are looking to improve the very precarious conditions in which they live.
The movie (based on the French graphic novel Le Transperceneige) sends a lot clear messages about current issues such as the current global climate crisis as well as the increased social inequality between rich and poor. Usually these attributes usually mean arthouse, massive snooze-fest type of movie, but in fact it is actually quite an enjoyable science fiction flick with all the qualities of any fast-paced blockbuster. It’s a deeper subject type of action blockbuster.
Chris Evans stars as the de facto leader of the tail rebellion, and he delivers a performance that has a sort of “tortured soul” feel to it that is very interesting to watch, especially when most of the other roles we see him in are as man candy with awesome hair. John Hurt, Tilda Swinton (amazing, as usual), Song Kang-ho, and Jamie Bell also star. This is the director’s English-speaking debut, however; it would’ve been nice to have seen more Korean actors in what was a mostly Korean production.
Although I generally thought the movie a nice watch, it felt somewhat “incomplete”. Maybe that’s just my feelings of trying to have more positive outcomes in such a piece o’sh*t situation those poor people live on that train. And by saying that I don’t mean to say the movie ends badly… Or am I? I guess you are gonna have to watch and judge for yourselves!
Paola’s mood after watching this movie: