This week I have watched a little known 2013 movie called Snowpiercer. Set in the future, the film is about the last train in the world after the planet freezes.
Snowpiercer travels on a non stop loop of the world while the passengers live on in a self-sustained eco-system. But the film is about the disgruntled second class passengers (who are kept in squalid conditions) who embark on a revolution to get to the front of the train.
Before I go any further I do appreciate the initial concept is very farfetched and raised a lot of questions. Well if you were expecting those and basic engineering questions to be answered at all…you’d be completely and utterly wrong. But once you move away from that and only focus on the class struggle of the film - which is the entire purpose - it actually is pretty solid for a movie.
Also, for such an unknown film, this has a lot of famous people in it. Chris Evans (Captain America) plays Curtis, the leader of the underclass; his mentor is John Hurt and his sidekick is Billy Elliot. With such big names starring in the movie and also giving great performances, it’s surprising this film wasn’t as big as it was.
The action is pretty much constant and the settings in each carriage are impressive. One carriage is designed to look like a school while another is an aquarium. You genuinely don’t know what to expect until the characters get there.
Snowpiercer however is not for the faint hearted. It is very gory and does not cut away from brutal deaths or injuries like most films do. This is not something you should watch with your kids.
Snowpiercer gets 7/10.