What is it?
Director Joon-ho Bong’s (director of The Host) adaptation of the French graphic novel Le Transperceneige…which, I believe, translates to The Train That Doesn’t Let Cold Weather Stop It or something like that.
What is it about?
The world has become Hoth times ten and all life has died off in the cold, snow, and ice. A few lucky survivors are packed away in a train that is on a never-ending journey around the world. A strict class system on-board forces the dirty and hungry members in the tail end to revolt and proceed to battle their way to the front and take control of the train away from its creator, Wilford, and finally start to live the sweet life.
Who’s in it?
Chris Evans, Kang-ho Song, John Hurt, Ed Harris, Tilda Swinton, Jaime Bell, Octavia Spencer and Ah-sung Ko
Does this look infected to you?
A little bit. You should probably see a doctor.
Great cast playing interesting characters.
Great and unique action sequences.
The tone of the film is capable of being both dark and gritty and aloof and odd without having any jarring shifts and works perfectly to get the viewer to understand what the lower class is experience in their journey to the engine.
A plot that never stays stagnant and is constantly bringing in new elements that keep the movie interesting and, at times, really freakin’ weird and unsettling.
The ending will either be something you love or furiously hate. I, personally, loved it.
Snowpiercer takes the tired and true and overly familiar tale of a dystopian society rising out of a post-apocalyptic world and made it interesting and strange. The characters are ridiculously captivating and, even though some of the special effects may not be on the same level as bigger budget films, the movie was so engrossing that I forgot about bathroom breaks and, the minute the credits hit, it was a race against my bladder to avoid an accident.
You can read an expanded version of this review at Reverend Ron Loves Movies.
Rev. Ron hates piña coladas and getting caught in the rain. He does, however, really like movies and writing about his experiences after watching them. You can read more of his reviews by following him on Twitter () or by checking out his blog.