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 ride.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] :, [Publisher not identified],, [2014]
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (126 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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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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trevordunfordswife
Aug 25, 2016

I really didn't know how to rate this movie. Mulled it over in my head for three days and I finally figured that if I was still thinking about it for that long afterwards then it was a pretty great movie EXCEPT for the freaking ending! It is the stupidest ending you will ever see in a movie so just know that going in, prepare for disappointment and enjoy the rest of the ride.
Chris Evans is bloody brilliant as Curtis. Octavia Spencer plays the role of a lifetime and everyone else is just perfect. Best dystopian fare I've seen in a long, long time - maybe since The Stand. Nothing is sugar-coated unless you live 'up front', nothing is anything but bleak. Take a chance.

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VladTheGreen
Aug 22, 2016

What a treat. This s an awesome movie, a great comment on society and class using the train (Snowpiercer) as the vehicle transporting the last survivors of human race after a global wide ice age triggered to try to slow down global warming. The action is great, violence in the Korean-movie-style. The social comment about propaganda, kids education/indoctrination, social class, how to keep "the system" in place.
Great cinematography, good story.

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britprincess1ajax
Aug 04, 2016

Other than a largely symbolic conclusion that felt less appealing than what I suspected would occur, I greatly enjoyed SNOWPIERCER. A unique dystopian film about the sum of humanity surviving the next ice age aboard a uniquely equipped train, I especially liked the range of villainy and godliness intermingling, regardless of their station in life. And I mean that literally. These people feel genuinely stationed on the train, given vocation and location permanently. Dark but enjoyable, I recommend this to audiences who can handle grimness without a sugary sweet layer of apologism. Simply put, SNOWPIERCER is just that: cold and piercing.

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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cdeclercq
Feb 09, 2016

I haven't seen the graphic novel, does it open with chemtrails? Good point, if we keep dimming our world with chemtrails; we could help our coming ice age along faster. Very relevant right now. The acting was so so, I enjoyed how the dialogue of Tilda Swinton and Ed Harris was so dark and without empathy.

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Latin_Thinker
Jan 25, 2016

One of the best movies i've seen in quite some time. The story seemed like drivel until you begin to understand the plot twists and the motives of both the antagonists and protagonists. One of the best sci fi epics out there. Highly recommended.

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ScorchingSun
Jan 20, 2016

Good social/ political setting presented with some terrifying hand-to-hand slaughter scenes.
Exciting action but grim.

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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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VladTheGreen
Aug 22, 2016

VladTheGreen thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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Dec 21, 2014

ynnong thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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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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