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Snowpiercer – Review


Release Date: 1st August 2013 [USA]
Director: Joon-ho Bong
Writer: Joon-ho Bong - Kelly Masterson [Screenplay] - Joon-ho Bong [Screenstory]
Cast: Chris Evans - Kang-ho Song - Ed Harris - John Hurt - Tilda Swinton



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Posted August 13, 2014 by

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Snowpiercer Review:

Snowpiercer is probably one of the most interesting dark and gritty films of this year without anyone even knowing it. The film is interesting in it’s sense of what it delves into which I’ll get into more detail later.

Snowpiercer is a South Korean-American science fiction film which has actually also been based off of the French graphic novel Le Transpercieige. Directed by Bong Joon-ho and having a large cast starring Chris Evans, Jamie Bell, Ewen Bremner, John Hurt, Song Kang-ho, Go Ah-sung, Tilda Swinton and Ed Harris. The basic outline of the plot is humanity being the great race that we are have tried to tackle global warming yet result in an ice age in 2014. Now we jump to 2031 where the last remaining survivors of the human race are the inhabitants of the Snowpiercer, a huge train which travels the globe on a continuous track and has done ever since 2014 never stopping. Now we enter the train with the entire film taking place inside with it’s functional class system where the front are the elites downgrading throughout the train to the dark, dull and not so nice poor inhabited tail section.

The audience is taken into the hands of all star Chris Evans as he fights his way through to the front section of the train. The tail section, who live in a dark, glum environment being fed black protein blocks and having their children regularly taken away from them offers a huge retrospect on how we all live in a society already. In fact that’s the basic premise of the film, humanity and what we are. We aren’t nice people to each other nor the environment and Snowpiercer , it’s inhabitants and this entire plot almost mirror that of what we are currently like. The tail section have planned for yet another revolution which have never done well in the past but they feel this is the one where they get to the front. This is the basic plan of the film and structure as they push their way forward section through section and we get to see just what’s going on in the world of the Snowpiercer.

You have each section raise in class as they eat better food, live better lives and have better clothes to the further forward sections who are happy and living extremely pleasant lives. This contrast is held so well as Evans and his gang of misfits stumble through the further sections in their dark, dirty, black clothing against the bright colourful worlds of the rich. As we delve further through the world we question more as the plot thickens and we start to see the uncomfortable world of the tail section and how dark it really is.

The film itself is so cleverly thought out and directed beautifully. The film being 80% English is a huge step for the already building of the South Korean film market. Even certain scenes echoed the works of past South Korean films as we watch one fight scene where men stand with any weapon possible from hammers to small axe’s which feels like something plucked from Old Boy.

The idea behind the film, well, reading it on paper you’d probably never back the thing. People go from the back of the train to the front, doesn’t sound all that appealing but what makes it an audience drawer is that it feels like a very unique original film. The post apocalypse settings been done to death but not like this. We dive into what these folks are living through spending the first half an hour in the tail section wishing for more but not receiving which represents how they’ve been living for 17 years. Yes it’s a sci-fi film but it feels like more. In a blockbuster, cgi drenched industry especially for this time of year it’s nice for a director to stroll through and lay down some ground work for hopefully a new future in cinema. If you get the chance go to see this because you won’t be disappointed.


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Matthew Reay
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