Genre: Sci-fi, thriller
Cast: Chris Evans, Song Kang Ho, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, John Hurt, Ed Harris
Imdb Rating: 7.1/10
My Rating: 8/10
Know your place.
Accept your place.
Be a shoe.
I was pleasantly surprised at how well the Korean director, Bong Joon Ho made the transition to his first ever English language Science-fiction thriller film. The style and tone of the film still seems entirely Korean, despite picking some of the well known stars from the Hollywood actors.
Snowpiercer will take place in 2031 after a failed global warming experiment which has frozen all the Earth and wiped out all life. The only survivors are the passengers of a super train, travelling across the globe with a perpetual motion engine. The central conflict of “Snowpiercer” deals, of course, with a major class struggle. Most of the refugees hunkering in the tail section of the train. The movie depicts the human psychology which does not change even with the advancement of technology. The human emotions and feelings remain the same. This is the real dilemma of inhabitants of the earth.
The privileged ones live in the front cars and the ragged masses congregating in the rear. They are sick of this oppression. Hence the rebellion begins to foment. The director cunningly shoot to make it a high-end classic movie.
Overall, Snowpreicer painted an accurate and detailed description of how the train represented today’s social class.
The film was wonderfully shot in a compact and claustrophobic environment. The performances were great across the board, from Chris Evans to Song Kang Ho to Swinton Tilda to Ed Harris. Snowpiercer is a real masterpiece which delivers an impactful message to its audiences. If you want to enjoy dystopian themes and science fiction fun, this great movie is just for you.
Review by Aqib Raza
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