Hello dearest readers.
Sorry for the temporary absence – pesky data problems again. Today’s review is about a movie that has some good reviews floating around, and this weekend I finally got to see if it was worth the hype.
I have to say, it is, in a very depressing way. Snowpiercer has no happy in; it is about a world finally destroyed by the humans who claimed to love it so much. It has a completely new angle it explores for post-apocalyptic life on earth and I really enjoyed the way they went.
To offset global warming, a gaseous substance is fired into the atmosphere that freezes earth completely. Humanity and life on earth is on the brink of extinction, save a precious few who is on-board of the Snowpiercer, a train specifically designed to always keep running.
Life on the train is only nice to the upper-class citizens that live at the front of the train. It steadily decreases towards the back of the train, where life resembles a slum and the only food available is thick, black protein bars.
Curtis (Chris Evans) has been on the train for the past seventeen years and barely remembers anything before it. He is the leader of the resistance and helps plan the attack where the people at the back of the train plan to revolt against the unfair ruling system. Curtis knows that he must gain control over the engine to control the train, and he must therefore find the reclusive engineer of the train, Wilford (Ed Harris).
Will Curtis succeed in taking the train? What lies behind each security door?
There are a few topics that will always interest me – Bioterrorism, mutant diseases, action, life post apocalypse and anything to do with global warming. Snowpiercer took two of these topics – life on earth after a cataclysmic event and global warming and combined it successfully with deep questions regarding class systems and injustice to bring forth a powerful and unforgettable tale of what people will eventually do when continuously beaten down.
Chris Evans’ acting was top notch. I thought he was brilliant and seeing him in a role where he showcases that acting skills was so worthwhile. He was spot on as the face of the people in the back of the train, how they were tired of being constantly beaten down and controlled and had to sit by idly and wait all day for those DISGUSTING PROTEIN BARS.
Those protein bars – Can I just say WTF. It looked so disgusting right from the start and I knew it would be nasty as hell, but eventually finding out what was IN it made my I’ve-seen-everything-in-the-lab stomach nearly lose it. JUST YUCK.
The directing was superb. Clear cut, focused and taking the correct amount of time with the fight scenes, I was very impressed.
Recommendation: serious minded folks 🙂
Have you seen it? Did you like it?