Another day, another post apocalyptic dystopian science fiction film. I admit the luster is starting to wear off on this type of movie, but I keep watching them just the same. What interested me is that you have a Korean director, Joon-ho Bong working with a mostly Hollywood cast including some really talented folks. The concept was unusual and I heard the action scenes where handled really well. So I decided to dive into this dower world and see how it stacked up.
In an effort to stop global warming humankind activates a device to cool the world instead. Unfortunately they overdo it a little bit, and before you can say Woolly Mammoth, there is another ice age and most of humanity is destroyed. Good one! Notice I said “most”, because there is a tiny bit of humanity still surviving.
Before the disaster struck a billionaire genius named Wilford (Ed Harris) constructed an amazing train that could circle the globe and bust through ice and snow. He called it the Snowpiercer. The enormous train is packed with people and a rigid social structure has evolved. At the front of the train are the rich and powerful, lead by Wilford and his efficient major domo Mason (Tilda Swinton). At the back of the train are the impoverished and starving lead by the wise Gilliam (John Hurt) and his right hand man Curtis (Chris Evans). Eventually, Curtis leads a rebellion ageist the tyranny within Snowpiercer, and makes his way to the front. But forces are aligned against him and he will need to make allies, battle hordes of foes and face the harsh reality of Wilford’s genius. In the end will Curtis make the decision to stop Snowpiercer and risk the frozen world, or will he become its new ruler?
- An innovative concept that keeps the dystopian surroundings fresh
- Some intense and brutal action scenes
- A dash of humor and snappy dialogue keeps things from getting too dower
- Still this is a grim movie, so the dreary does permeate
- Some familiar story beats in the “revolution” style story
- The ending rings a bit hollow
Overall I enjoyed by trip on the Snowpiercer. The cast works really well and helps deliver an intriguing story with some intense moments. Evans makes a very good hero, one who is more damaged and harsh than Captain America. The visual effects, style and editing are top notch. Well worth checking out if you are in the mood for a darker science fiction film.
Scores (out of 5)
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