Is it possible to make a crappy movie with such a cool name as “Snowpiercer”? The correct answer is no, of course no. I’m thinking of naming my firstborn son Snowpiercer, that’s how cool it is. Directed by Joon-ho Bong, South Korean Peter Jackson, Snowpiercer walks a thin line between two genres and in my humble opinion, it managed to grab the right cliff in the last moment. The first genre is that pretentious art-over-content/manga and I could appreciate it visually, but visual stimuli come and go and mental stimuli stay with you. That’s that other genre, the one I like. Questions that remain unanswered after the movie has ended are a nice sign of the genre. Snowpiercer is a post-apocalyptic movie and I love them only with a nice dose of sobering depression of how fucked up things really are.

snowpiercerAfter a climate change catastrophe, brought on by humans (who else), wipes out all life on Earth with a perpetual winter the remaining population of our beautiful planet is crammed in one train on endless journey. During the boarding process, passengers were divided into different sections of the train based on their wealth and status. Seventeen years have passed and the lower class is getting kind of jittery. They live at the end of the train in horrible conditions, only dreaming of the middle section. One man might have what it takes to start the rebellion and his name is Snowpiercer! Just kidding, his real name is Curtis and he actually remembers life before the train.

Snowpiercer’s train actually represents our present lives quite accuratly. We are still segregated into classes, living without any rational leadership (apart from some European countries) and barely surviving in this bountiful world. Should we change something? Is that change going to be good for all of us or just some? Perhaps it’s in our nature to fuck other people of their money and opportunities? All these questions will remain unanswered after the Snowpiercer has ended, but you will have a better understanding of them, that is certain. Did I mention the gratuities violence? No, well here it is: long ass scenes of people butchering each other serve as a nice segway between the dramatic parts of the movie.

Director: Susanne Bier

Writer: Anders Thomas Jensen, Susanne Bier

Cast: Chris Evans, Jamie Bell, Tilda Swinton, John Hurt, Alison Pill, Ewen Bremner, Kang-ho Song

Fun Facts: The drawings in the tail section of Snowpiercer were illustrated by Jean-Marc Rochette, the original comic artist of the graphic novel Le Transperceneige.


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