Snowpiercer

Snowpiercer

DVD - 2014
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The film is set in the future (AD 2031) where, after a failed experiment to stop global warming, an ice age kills off all life on the planet except for the inhabitants of the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe and is powered by a sacred perpetual-motion engine. Its inhabitants are divided by class; the lower-class passengers in one of the last cars stage an uprising, moving car by car up to the front of the train, where the oppressive rich and powerful live.

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lcraigjones Dec 20, 2017

Liked the idea of the movie. The plot sounded very interesting, but the actual execution was not good--at least the part that I viewed, as I did not want to finish it. Maybe it gets amazing after the first 45 minutes?!!!

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bickjd Mar 10, 2016

This movie is awesome. Clever and comical commentary on contemporary society (class struggles, education, violence, ecological balances, propaganda).

Very original plot line, characters, and sweet cinematography


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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Sep 08, 2018

Snowpiercer is a dystopian sci-fi film, starring Chris Evans in the lead role. The film is about cooling temperatures on Earth, turning the planet into a frozen wasteland, while killing nearly all life. The only human survivors are aboard the Snowpiercer: a train continuously travelling the world. In spite of its far-fletched story, South Korean director, Bong Joon-ho, takes the audience on a trip with great performances, a fast-paced plot, and a thought-provoking theme. He explores the idea of human behavioral flaws, along with the ideas of hierarchy and social structure, as all passengers on the train are divided into classes to maintain order. What drives the plot forward is the underlying theme of revolution against suppressors, as those on the lowest level of the social structure decide to challenge the status-quo by attempting to take charge of the train. The film only derails on occasional moments, which is why I give it 4.5 stars.
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JCLIanH Jul 20, 2018

Snowpiercer is a magnificently weird look at a world where a climate change experiment has rendered the earth a snow-covered, uninhabitable wasteland and what's left of humanity travels on a train that traverses the snowy hellscape and never stops. The train has a strictly segregated caste system and, you guessed it, the plot involves a quasi-revolutionary (played by Captain America himself, Chris Evans) making his way from the squalor of the caboose to the opulent engine. There are some truly insane and deeply strange sequences but overall this is one of the most memorable films I have seen in the last 5 years.

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isaachar
Feb 08, 2018

Even though it's already been a few years since I first saw it, it took me longer than it should have to watch this movie. The idea of humanity surviving a weather apocalypse on a giant, infinitely moving train seemed too ridiculous for a serious action-drama. Man was I disappointed in myself for waiting after I saw it. If you are a fan of hyper-violence mixed with metaphors of class conflict and human morality under pressure, you will love Snowpiercer. Think Battle Royale meets 1984 in the Orient Express on Hoth. For a Science Fiction movie, it's ok. For a social allegory to the flaws of modern society and human nature, it's an incredible movie. If you want more after seeing the movie, check out the graphic novels that it's based on. The first two volumes are iffy, but the third manages to convey the energy and commentary of the movie.

lcraigjones Dec 20, 2017

Liked the idea of the movie. The plot sounded very interesting, but the actual execution was not good--at least the part that I viewed, as I did not want to finish it. Maybe it gets amazing after the first 45 minutes?!!!

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lavasushi
Dec 16, 2017

Violence can lead to moral questions, which it does repeatedly in Snowpiercer. Violence in response to being suppressed and abused for someone else’s lavish living is appropriate in this film. I think it is almost perfect because there’s nothing I would change. I thought Chris Evans (Curtis) was remarkable. As was Jamie Bell, as was Octavia Spencer. Dark story with a few dark laughs (“YOU are a shoe”) and plot twists.

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mpk042
Nov 08, 2017

I love dystopian sci fi and have rarely come across a more badly thought out dystopia ever. Distractingly stupid.

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BOSSY573
Nov 07, 2017

what a pathetic movie Worst sci fi in history whatever others think of this movie don't bother its a complete joke its boring from start to finish

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white_cobra_21
Jul 27, 2017

What did the critics see in this film? The premise, plot and world they created was INCREDIBLY interesting - and this is one of those movies that could have been GREAT, but the execution simply failed. There were just too many contradictions never resolved and too much incredibly poor film-making. Probably my biggest complaint is the quality of the film-making felt like a college school film project. There were times during some of the action sequences that you could literally tell they were just shaking the camera as two people were fighting trying to make the action feel bigger. Now, that is one of the tried and true methods of adding to a great action sequence, but it was done so poorly as an audience, you are pulled out of the film wondering why they are shaking the camera so much! Contradictions like (SPOILER ALERT) they put a guys arm out the window for a very researched specific amount of time to freeze & kill the arm (to amputate), but then (SUPER SPOILER ALERT, I'M NOT KIDDING) it turns out you could go outside after all and survive. So, hours earlier 7 seconds outside froze your limbs off, and just hours later you can walk around outside in a parka with your hood off. Typical short-comings of poorly done action films like a simple knock on the head will kill one guy, but not even knock out another, etc. Unresolved issues like that throughout the film. This felt like a really low-grade effort into a genre the director simply was not ready to take on. Looking through Bong's IMDb page, it appears that might be the case, an arthouse drama director trying to take on a sci-fi action film.

A refreshingly different dystopian science-fiction story. Fine acting by a great cast and tight directing support a unique story and great art direction. Might need a second viewing to appreciate it all.

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Nursebob
Dec 08, 2016

There’s something for everyone in writer/director Joon-ho Bong’s rollicking sci-fi parable which, true to its graphic novel roots, is a highly entertaining mash of grit, gore, and mordant humour at times bordering on slapstick. A sterling cast of international stars including John Hurt, Kang-ho Song, and Octavia Spencer seem to have great fun slashing and yelling as their elaborate train sets careen past dead cities and treacherous mountain passes sending up great spumes of ice and snow along the way (bravo to the CGI department!). And Tilda Swinton more than earns her salary as a lisping, buck-toothed emissary of the enigmatic Engineer, Mr. Wilford. But there is more going on here than mere comic book thrills, although that aspect alone is well worth the price of admission. As a political allegory with ecological overtones "Snowpiercer" couldn’t be more obvious especially after Swinton delivers a fiery speech to the coach class denizens on the importance of “knowing one’s place on the train”. But as a band of freedom fighter strive to rise above their station in life, moving ever forward through cars that offer glimpses into hell or heaven, their journey towards the remote and manifestly cruel Godhead at the very front becomes a spiritual quest. A richly layered metaphor whose big screen excitements make its deeper elements all the more captivating.

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jimg2000
Dec 06, 2015

Wilford:
From a very young age, Mr. Wilford's love of locomotives was apparent. When I grow up, I want to live in a train. Forever! Forever! His early dreams were realized when he founded his transportation empire the Wilford Industries. But his greatest dream was to construct a luxury locomotive 'cruise' line Connecting the railways of the entire world into one! A circular railway that extends for 438,000 kilometers and completes one circle every year. Impervious to the extreme cold of the Arctic and the scorching heat of the African desert. Wilford's miracle train is self-sustaining and possesses the most sophisticated designsand advanced technology known...

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jimg2000
Dec 06, 2015

Opening narrative:
Good morning. On this day, July 1st, 2014, at this hour, 0600. We are at the very first airport in the world...The CW-7, which despite being the topic of so much controversy over the past 7 years, has continued development. Protests from environmental groups and a number of developing countries continue...It has been claimed that W-7 is the answer to global warming. And we are witnessing it! World leaders, who argue that global warming can no longer be ignored, today 79 countries will begin dispersing CW-7 into the upper layers of the atmosphere. Spray out into the upper layers of the atmosphere and surprisingly bring down average global temperatures to the finest levels. ...

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jimg2000
Nov 29, 2014

From IMDb: Order is the barrier that holds back the flood of death. We must all of us on this train of life remain in our allotted station. ... Would you wear a shoe on your head? Of course you wouldn't wear a shoe on your head. A shoe doesn't belong on your head. A shoe belongs on your foot. A hat belongs on your head. I am a hat. You are a shoe. I belong on the head. You belong on the foot. Yes? So it is. In the beginning, order was proscribed by your ticket: First Class, Economy, and freeloaders like you. Eternal order is prescribed by the sacred engine: all things flow from the sacred engine, all things in their place, all passengers in their section, all water flowing. all heat rising, pays homage to the sacred engine, in its own particular preordained position. So it is. Now, as in the beginning, I belong to the front. You belong to the tail. When the foot seeks the place of the head, the sacred line is crossed. Know your place. Keep your place. Be a shoe.

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Aug 22, 2016

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Dec 21, 2014

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VladTheGreen
Aug 22, 2016

Other: Violent scenes, blood, knife and axes fights

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Ron@Ottawa
Mar 07, 2015

Violence: Plenty of violent scenes, including amputation of limbs.

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