Snowpiercer

Snowpiercer

DVD - 2014
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Raynam
Feb 09, 2021

Absolutely stupid,waste of 2 hours of time. Must be bored to produce a movie after destroying the world and making it for the enjoyment of some rich old bastard who thinks he is god.No stars.Shit movie even with Chris Evans in it.If you are high and drunk don't even watch it,you will just be more depressed.

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weeksworld
Feb 06, 2021

Survivors of Earth's second Ice Age live out their days on a luxury train that ploughs through snow and ice. The train's poorest residents, who live in the squalid caboose, plan to improve their lot by taking over the engine room. I found out this was taken from a graphic novel series but it makes it as a 2 hour movie. It has a steampunk look to it which supports it's apocalyptic, techno-suicidal theme. The idea seams ridiculous but it's just a prop for the action-filled plot which is copied in other movies (World War Z, Mortal Engines, etc.) Remarkable acting by Chris Evans and certainly, Tilda Swinden who's alway good. The metaphor is obvious: humanity's downfall amidst the technology which fails to save them. Having seen that in awhile ... like just last week ... five times. Good action movie if you like dark themes and over-the-top characters.

I think to fully appreciate this movie, I recommend reading all of the SnowPiercer graphic novels, and watching the bonus part about what it took to cram 5 books worth of ideas into this movie.

I found the way each characters from different class systems and functions view themselves and others quite interesting. What is tolerable/acceptable to one isn't for another.

Similarly, I'm sure there's many other ways to perceive this movie, depending in the viewers vantage point.

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Kinesisca
Jan 26, 2021

You would have to like Chris Evans to like this movie. All the shots without him in them were quite good. :-)

The direction is straight action movie, which means any scene that could have had emotion is flat.

If you finish the movie caring about what has happened to any of the characters I would be surprised.

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vfryzek
Jan 10, 2021

One of the Best Sci Fi films of the past 10 Years.

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smarjano
Nov 17, 2020

An absolutely brilliant movie, nothing to add to previous positive comments. For me, the most memorable scene is the one in the school. Note the right-arm gesture of the teacher, followed by the students, coupled with the 1930s set and costumes. And Ed Harris is outstanding (as ever) in the final speech, a warning for our times.

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JLMason
Oct 10, 2020

Snowpiercer is an in-your-face metaphor for humanity hurtling toward climatic destruction on the rails of technology, a stratified society doomed to loop around an endless track in a metal tube isolated from nature. There are caricatures and stereotypes; the ridiculous decadence of the first class passengers is a bit over-the-top. However, the plot moves along quickly to a more meaningful conclusion. The most powerful scene is Chris Evans describing the first months of starvation on the train for the have-nots, a speech that will connect to an act of redemption. Warning: the hand-to-hand combat using primitive weapons is graphically violent, although not gratuitous; desperate people resort to what’s at hand to survive.

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Ace4aDay
Aug 22, 2020

If you're not the type to look for deeper meanings and metaphors, this movie probably isn't for you. If, knowing the whole story, you're the type to watch a movie again just to see the allusions you may have missed, you'll probably love it.

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LoriVirginia
Mar 08, 2020

I found it to be a silly and violent movie. And what was up with the ending?!

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vnebel
Feb 22, 2020

This movie cannot be watched lightly. It must be watched and rewatched to find the subtleties. Thematically, it is a metaphor for society. Artistically, the different layers within the setting challenges us to predict and be surpised. Someone said this movie was boring: boring is the axe that bores into the skulls in some of the scenes. Boring might seem the shoe speech to an audience incapable of listening critically and relating the deeper ideas to ideas already apparent in history. As for the train going on forever within those environmental conditions and without derailing, it is, once more, a metaphor for society, and a sharp criticism at that.

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SAPL454
Feb 18, 2020

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A suspenseful thriller with unexpected consequences!

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tadasani
Feb 11, 2020

Incredible movie. Startling scenes and images, all a dark haunting view of bleak humanity as it circles the globe on tracks perpetually covered with snow in a climate-changed post-apocalyptic world. Tilda Swinton is wonderful as a horrible self-serving member of the elite. I've seen this movie many times and each time am astonished and yet delighted (if that's the right word) in the disturbing scenes of how children are used to ensure the train continues its course and how some of the elite exist in their decadent unrestrained depravity. Delightful in how imaginative it is and in how it captivates and the images pierce through the mind's protective layer and leaves them indelibly stamped on the brain. Enjoy!
This movie was allegdly limited in its distribution by non-other than Harvey Weinstein because he had wanted the movie cut by 20 minutes. When he eventually allowed the full cut to be released, he instead insured that unless it was a massive hit, it would have "limited release" in movie theatres meaning many wouldn't ever see it on the massive screens that this movie is no doubt meant for. My how things have changed for both Weinstein but more importantly for Oscar-winning Boon Jung-ho.

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xiaojunbpl12
Feb 01, 2020

Brilliant! Dark, brutal, beautifully rendered, acting, story, cinematography all are superb. Both entertaining and thought provoking. Chris Evans took a right offer for a change, which made his Marvel blockbusters juvenile, shallow in junk, spilling cheap awe out of casual audience.

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SDkid605
Nov 27, 2019

I'd rather eat a rotten tomato, than watch this movie the whole way through.
I tapped out early, just stupid.

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thegipples
Nov 20, 2019

One of the more boring movies ever made. Unwatchably dull.

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RayBlanch
Oct 24, 2019

Completely unbelievable, that of lengthy train running through such conditions, yet for years on end never stopped nor derailed. The story is slow, and trying to speak of something not relevant to our society, especially in context of closed environment. Acting was fair, but nothing new really.

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StarGladiator
Jun 26, 2019

Extremely dystopian SF, well-thought out with the exception of how the global train tracks remained clear until the end? Suspension of disbelief department.
Enjoyed the performance of the young actress, Ko Ah-sung, whom I especially enjoyed when she appeared in the high school Korean-TV series classic, Master of Study.
The Korean drama actor, Song Kang Ho, has appeared in a variety of past TV dramas and movies, and he was especially good in Hindsight, as a former gangster going straight who gets mixed up with a female assassin.
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Really a predictable future given the synthesis of zany Bill Gates climate alteration suggestions*** and the Chinese Communist Party's emperor, Xi Jinping and his One Belt One Road program - - truly heading in such a future!
***Gates was the dude who let loose those genetically engineered "dengue-fighting" mosquitoes, and at each location they were set loose, a Zika virus explosion occurred, destroying future and present lives as a result. Too bad the World Health Organization wouldn't take a serious look at that - - but wait, the number one donor to WHO is the Gates Foundation. Ho, hum . . .

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Ephriam
Feb 15, 2019

The movie reminded me of others like WaterWorld, Postman, The Day after Tomorrow. I did find the movie to be entertaining but during parts of the movie I believe it could have been executed better by the director. If you are the type of person who liked Waterworld, Postman, or The Day after Tomorrow then you will enjoy watching this movie.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Sep 08, 2018

Snowpiercer is a dystopian sci-fi film, starring Chris Evans in the lead role. The film is about cooling temperatures on Earth, turning the planet into a frozen wasteland, while killing nearly all life. The only human survivors are aboard the Snowpiercer: a train continuously travelling the world. In spite of its far-fletched story, South Korean director, Bong Joon-ho, takes the audience on a trip with great performances, a fast-paced plot, and a thought-provoking theme. He explores the idea of human behavioral flaws, along with the ideas of hierarchy and social structure, as all passengers on the train are divided into classes to maintain order. What drives the plot forward is the underlying theme of revolution against suppressors, as those on the lowest level of the social structure decide to challenge the status-quo by attempting to take charge of the train. The film only derails on occasional moments, which is why I give it 4.5 stars.
@Riveting_Reviews of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

JCLIanH Jul 20, 2018

Snowpiercer is a magnificently weird look at a world where a climate change experiment has rendered the earth a snow-covered, uninhabitable wasteland and what's left of humanity travels on a train that traverses the snowy hellscape and never stops. The train has a strictly segregated caste system and, you guessed it, the plot involves a quasi-revolutionary (played by Captain America himself, Chris Evans) making his way from the squalor of the caboose to the opulent engine. There are some truly insane and deeply strange sequences but overall this is one of the most memorable films I have seen in the last 5 years.

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isaachar
Feb 08, 2018

Even though it's already been a few years since I first saw it, it took me longer than it should have to watch this movie. The idea of humanity surviving a weather apocalypse on a giant, infinitely moving train seemed too ridiculous for a serious action-drama. Man was I disappointed in myself for waiting after I saw it. If you are a fan of hyper-violence mixed with metaphors of class conflict and human morality under pressure, you will love Snowpiercer. Think Battle Royale meets 1984 in the Orient Express on Hoth. For a Science Fiction movie, it's ok. For a social allegory to the flaws of modern society and human nature, it's an incredible movie. If you want more after seeing the movie, check out the graphic novels that it's based on. The first two volumes are iffy, but the third manages to convey the energy and commentary of the movie.

lcraigjones Dec 20, 2017

Liked the idea of the movie. The plot sounded very interesting, but the actual execution was not good--at least the part that I viewed, as I did not want to finish it. Maybe it gets amazing after the first 45 minutes?!!!

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lavasushi
Dec 16, 2017

Violence can lead to moral questions, which it does repeatedly in Snowpiercer. Violence in response to being suppressed and abused for someone else’s lavish living is appropriate in this film. I think it is almost perfect because there’s nothing I would change. I thought Chris Evans (Curtis) was remarkable. As was Jamie Bell, as was Octavia Spencer. Dark story with a few dark laughs (“YOU are a shoe”) and plot twists.

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mpk042
Nov 08, 2017

I love dystopian sci fi and have rarely come across a more badly thought out dystopia ever. Distractingly stupid.

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BOSSY573
Nov 07, 2017

what a pathetic movie Worst sci fi in history whatever others think of this movie don't bother its a complete joke its boring from start to finish


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