When piecing together my list of twelve movies I want to see this year Snowpiercer was at the top of my list. More than likely that’s because it came up first chronologically this year. Whatever the reason, Snowpiercer is now at the top of another one of my lists, favorite movies of 2014. Going into to Snowpiercer I knew almost nothing except that it starred Chris Evans (Captain America) and was directed by Joon-ho Bong (The Host). I came to find out it was based of a french graphic novel of the same name. Sometimes it’s great going into a movie not knowing anything about it.
Snowpiercer takes place in the future after a man made ice age extinguished the majority of life on earth. In an effort to stop global warming a chemical was released in the atmosphere that began dropping temperatures, unfortunately the temperature never leveled and the earth froze. Only a remnant of humanity lived, those who boarded the train the Snowpiercer. Over the span of 17 years a culture developed on the train with the wealthy living in luxury in the front of the train and the poor abandoned in their own filth. But, something is brewing in the tail section of the Snowpiercer that will change everything.
Chris Evans (Curtis) is amazing in this film. His character is so well acted you forget this is the man who plays Captain America. He plays a man tortured by his past with a simple plan, to get to the front of the train and “kill them all,” no simple task. The Snowpiercer is massive, and each car comes with it’s unique set of challenges. Several uprisings occurred in the 17 years the train has been active but none were successful. Along with him is a fantastic cast full of memorable characters including Kang-ho Song (The Host), John Hurt (V For Vendetta), Tilda Swinton (Narnia), Octavia Spencer (The Help) and more.
You may think a movie that takes place solely on a train will be boring, you’d be wrong.
This movie is dark and gritty and will not be suitable for young children or squeamish adults. There are several scenes of brutal and realistic violence. Topics such as tyranny, slavery, class division, propaganda and desperation are woven throughout this film bringing you into the plight of these desperate people. Not surprising topics coming from a South Korean filmmaker neighboring North Korea, Just saying…
All in all I loved Snowpiercer, I came home and told my wife Bethany multiple times “I loved that movie.” If you’re into distopian sci-fi action drama’s (yes, I know that’s very specific) than you will likely love this movie. I went into this movie excited but anxious I left this movie recounting my favorite scenes. I’m hoping to see this movie again this week with friends, it’s that Good. Sadly this movie is a limited release in the U.S. only playing at 150 theaters, if it’s at a theater near you do yourself a favor and see this movie.
Have you seen Snowpiercer? Is it playing near you? Leave a comment below!
Go here for a list of locations for this movie: http://snowpiercer-film.com/screenings