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Set in 2031, the entire world is frozen except for those aboard the Snowpiercer. For 17 years, the world's survivors are on a train hurtling around the globe creating their own economy and class system. Led by Curtis, a group of lower-class citizens living in squalor at the back of the train are determined to get to the front of the train and spread the wealth around. Each section of the train holds new surprises for the group who have to battle their way through. A revolution is underway.Written by
The premise bears similarities to the premise of "The Second Renaissance" segment of The Animatrix (2003). Both films show humans causing their own downfall by releasing an airborne gas into the atmosphere, only in The Animatrix, it was to block the machines' power source (the sun). In this film, it is released to stop global warming. See more »
Wilford as well as Mason performed one specific hand movement (Wilford at the end of the movie, Mason during her speech to the tail section inhabitants) that suggests, that both of them have experience with cleaning the engine (as seen on Tim under the floor tile). This does not make any sense with regard to their age as the engine can be cleaned only by children less than 5 years old (the train didn't even exist, when both of them were 5 years old). See more »
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Snowpiercer was a surprise to me. I thought it would be just another "social commentary" dystopian film trying to ride the coattails of The Hunger Games craze. Instead what I ended up getting was one of the best post-apocalyptic films I've ever seen. A smooth roller coaster of action and quiet, dark dialogue.
And don't get me wrong, it is another "social commentary" dystopian film, and yes, perhaps it's riding The Hunger Games craze just a little bit. But, when that riding ends up producing a film of this quality, is it a bad thing? And it's not like The Hunger Games invented the idea of alternative future where the poor are trying to usurp the rich people that are controlling them from their towers of ivory. These are both just variations of Orwell's 1984, which draws heavily from the age old tale of the underdog, David versus Goliath.
It's the execution of an idea that makes or breaks a film and here that execution is nigh flawless. Everything from the design of the train to the A-list cast of actors to the storyline that keeps up the relentless pace, but still has time to reflect on the motives, histories and moods of the characters.
Snowpiercer is simplistic art. It doesn't try to win you over with limitless of details, high explosives or flashiness. Rather it takes a central idea and fills it with as much quality as possible. Highly recommended for all fans of science fiction out there.
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