Movie Review: Snowpiercer

Director:Joon-ho Bong
Writer:Joon-ho Bong, Kelly Masterson, and others.
Cast:Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, Kang-ho Song, John Hurt, Jamie Bell, Octavia Spencer, Ed Harris, Ah-sung Ko

In 2014 an attempt is made to cure global warming rather than cure it the action caused the world to become frozen. The only people left alive are the people in the Snowpiercer. Snowpiercer is a train designed by Wilford (Ed Harris) with a perpetual motion engine. The train circles the globe forever and the people in the train have degenerated into a class system. Those in the rear of the train eat protein bars, purple gelatinous bars, while the front of the train they dine on lobster and steak. Every so often armed guards appear and take head counts as well as take children with them never to return.

After seventeen years Curtis (Chris Evans) leads a revolt the goal is to get to the front and be treated like the privileged class. But going through the cars to the front is more costly than he realizes and once he reaches the front what is revealed is more horrifying then he could imagine.

I have to say that it has been a long time since I saw a science fiction movie this good.  In fact I would rank this right up with the classics such as Metropolis, Blade Runner, or the Matrix (first movie).

The story has some of the elements of the class struggle such as Metropolis but to situate into this small world within the train is unique.  When Curtis (Chris Evan) faces Wilford (Ed Harris) and tells him of the struggle that went on in the back cars and how during the early years people ate other people, the weak and the children, and how he is ashamed that he knows that babies taste the best.  What Wilford then reveals to him is shocking and reveals the nihilistic mindset of the designer of the train.

This isn’t a family show let me disabuse anyone of that notion.  It is violent, and shocking and some of the scenes makes me cringe.  But if you enjoy on the edge of your seat science fiction then this is the show for you.

I give Snowpiercer four stars out of five.