Before you go on, keep in mind that there are some thematic spoilers in this pseudo-review. If you don’t mind or have seen the movie already, please, read on!
In the not so distant future, and in the wake of attempting to counter the effects of global warming, a failed experiment goes horribly wrong thus throwing the earth into a dramatic ice-age. The Earth, as a result, is seemingly uninhabitable for humanity. Nevertheless, what’s left of human-kind is restricted to a train that perpetually circles the earth and, from this, a kind of oragnised insanity ensues. Curtis (Chris Evans), and his merry band of followers, resides in the back of said train where poverty is rampant and the air smells of economic oppression. But much like the society we know and live in, the train is structured so that the poor stay in back and the privileged live up front.
Evans’ character (with much help from his majestic beard no doubt) leads his team with gusto, pushing from spine to nose, idealistically striving for change and equity for all. It’s a revolution in the most obvious sense of the word and, thanks to director Bong Joon-ho, we are taken on an unstoppable (kind of) thrill ride from beginning to end. It’s unrelenting. With killer performances from Tilda Wilson, John Hurt, and a not so unforgettable Ed Harris, this movie is sure to please.
But what about it’s theme? Despite this movie’s obvious discussion of economic class disparity, a more subtle connotation with regards to the perks or not-so perks of a structuralist society reigns evident throughout. I won’t go ahead and claim that this movie is cynical and dystopian in nature because it really isn’t in its entirety. Snowpiercer is also about humanity with all of its pimples. It’s about what makes the world go round despite its bumps and cracks. It’s about hope, friendship, perseverance, and change. But overall, if there’s anything I got from this film, it’s that the systems we humans put in place never work. In spite of this downfall, however, we persist even if doing so means only to screw it up all over again.
I loved it and highly recommend it to anybody interested in watching a fun, witty, insightful, and darkly comedic adventure about life.
I give it 4.5 Snowpiercer carriages out of 5.