The surviving remnants of humanity who reside in separate cars on
a never-ending train start a revolt to conquer the train for the poor.
Directed by Joon Ho Bong
Written by Joon Ho Bong and Kelly Masterson
Starring Chris Evans, Kang-ho Song, John Hurt,
Tilda Swinton, Ed Harris, Ah-sung Ko, Octavia Spencer,
Jamie Bell, Ewan Bremner, Alison Pill
Based on the graphic novel Le Transperceneige
by Jacques Lob, Benjamin Legrand, Jean-Marc Rochette
There are very few original ideas emerging from modern filmmakers these days. Snowpiercer breaks the losing streak and is on its way to becoming a classic sci-fi film. It deals with the preservation of humanity in a realistic way, showing how the rich would continue to dominate the poor even in the most dire of situations. Complete with an awesome cast and some incredible action scenes, Snowpiercer is sure to excite and entertain fans of many different genres.
Chris Evans leads the film as Curtis, the reluctant leader of the tail end of humanity's train who heads up the revolution. Evans proves he can do more than throw a shield at CGI robots by giving a superb performance as a man broken by nearly two decades of living like an animal. I hope to see him in more roles like this in the future. The stunt coordinators on this film deserve praise as well, for creating some insane action sequences as Curtis's army moved further up the train, particularly the axe scene in the tunnel. The amount of cars being used for ridiculous purposes infuriated me in this film. When there are a thousand people suffering in one car, there's an aquarium, a spa, a swimming pool, a dance club, and a room for drug addicts to unwind in. I wouldn't be surprised if that's how it really ends up, with the world's pointless excess living on forever.
Snowpiercer is a dramatic action thriller full of twists and turns that sports a killer finale that answers every single lingering question. It will make you despise humanity, while at the same time make you weep for them. Snowpiercer is a great lesson in humanity at their absolute worst and their best, showing how mankind must work together to survive or risk tearing each other apart and losing the inevitable war against nature.