REVIEW: Snowpiercer (2013)

snowpiercer elenasquareeyesSet in a future where the world is in a new ice age and all life on the planet has died except the lucky few who boarded the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe. On the train a class system emerges where people like Mason (Tilda Swinton) control the train and those at the tail end struggle to survive.

Snowpiercer is a phenomenal film. That might sound like a bit of an over-exaggeration but it’s really not. It does a great job building this desolate world and the class system on the train that you can believe in and accept all the characters and their motives. Curtis (Chris Evans) becomes the sort of leader of the people from the tail end of the train, he is the one who puts their plans into action and makes the tough choices. You learn more about him as the film progresses and really his journey through the train is a much a physical one as a mental one.

You could say there’s some typical characters for the genre, there’s the wise old man (John Hurt), Curtis’ right-hand man (Jamie Bell), the tough mother figure (Octavia Spencer) and the silent genius (Kang-ho Song) but through brilliant performances and an interesting script, they become more fleshed out and compelling.

The action sequences in Snowpiercer are gripping and well shot. The fights are all in such a confined space that it sometimes gets claustrophobic and the violence really is brutal. The cinematography is also worth a mention, the way colour is used at various points of the film is interesting and it really is like another character in the film.

The film does a great job at showing that actions have consequences and people will die. It may be a sci-fi film but it has a great social commentary amongst the action and the dialogue and chemistry between the characters is one of the highlights of the film.

Snowpiercer is an amazing film that everyone should watch and it’s really one of those films that work even better if you go into it knowing as little as possible. 5/5.

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5 comments

  1. Hi! I’m the minion keeping an eye over the patch of A to Z participants list that your blog is part of. I saw that your blog doesn’t have the A to Z badge up, so I thought I’d remind you in case you forgot.

    The badge can be a nifty way for people to see you’re participating. 🙂

    I never heard of Snowpiercer, but it does intrigue me.

    1. Thanks for the reminder! I’ve put it up now 🙂 I’ve been in the process of moving house this past few weeks so forgot. I’ve been so focused on writing a scheduling the posts when I have a free minute that I forgot about the admin side of it 🙂

      Snowpiercer really is worth checking out, it’s one of the best films I’ve seen for ages!

  2. I can appreciate the fact that this was a good movie but I don’t think I could stomach to watch it again. So good in so many ways but not really my cup of tea- it was a little too intense for me! That scene about the making of their nutrition bars–AHHHHHH! Never again, but an excellent movie nonetheless.

    1. I totally get what you mean, while I do want to see it again so I can get more of the foreshadowing and appreciate it more, it’s definitely not the sort of film I’d regularly rewatch.
      Thanks for reading and commenting 🙂

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