Snowpiercer – ★ ★ ★ ★ DVD Review
The earth has entered into a new ice age, and the survival of the human race depends on “the train”. The train and it’s engine are the design of Mr. Wilford (Ed Harris) and for 18 years, those who survived the initial freeze are passengers on the train, going around and around the world, never stopping. The engine is eternal, but some of it’s parts are now extinct. The trail has developed a class system and even an economy, but as the “tail enders”, those who live in squalor at the back of the train see more and more of their people mistreated, and stolen away, the spark of revolution is lit. Wise old Gilliam (John Hurt) plans the surge towards the front, and Curtis (Chris Evans) leads the fight, as they get messages passed to them from somebody helping them up front. The plan is to take the engine, and thereby take over the train and spread the the wealth around. With the assistance of Nam Goong Minsoo (Song Kang Ho) a drug addicted security specialist who designed many of the systems on the train and his daughter Yona (Ko Asung) they advance, but each section of the train holds new surprises for the group of revolutionaries.
A very solid story with very solid performances. We learn and see the different classes on the train, and it truly is a climb. The second car from the end isn’t really that different than that of the “tail enders”, but the cars did get richer and richer as the fight travelled forward. Eventually we learn a bit about the people who are in the fight, and their stories are well thought out, even if it took a while for us to learn them. The suspense of each new car was excellent, and each one made sense to the grand story of “the train” and each car seemed to have little political and social comments buried within. My only complaint was that the film seemed a bit too long. Snowpiercer was 2 hours and six minutes, which could have probably been trimmed a bit, as I was getting antsy towards the end. There are only so many things you can do in a movie about pushing forward and fighting through a train, so a couple of times the fight sequences seemed somewhat repetitive and could have been shortened.
Snowpiercer was based on a French comic book or graphic novel (Le Transperceneige), and was adapted for the screen and directed by South Korea’s Bong Joon Ho, who rose to fame after writing and directing The Host.
Bottom Line: At the very end of the movie, there’s a shot of a polar bear. That polar bear would probably eat everybody on the train like sardines out of a can.
Posted on 15-02-28, in 4 Star, Comic Book Movies, Movie Reviews and tagged Ah-sung Ko, Bong Joon Ho, Chris Evans, Ed Harris, ice age, Jamie Bell, John Hurt, Joon-ho Bong, Kang-ho Song, Ko Asung, Le Transperceneige, Octavia Spencer, Snowpiercer, Song Kang Ho, Tilda Swinton, train, Transperceneige. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.