Hang on to your seats for the train of the century: Snowpiercer. Directed by Bong Joon Ho (The Host, Mother), this epic science fiction movie will leave you perplex, disgusted, angry and hopeful at the same time. Consider yourself warned though, if you cannot stand gore, then stay far away. The snowpiercer is filled with injustice. The strong pray on the weak in a way that you’d rather not imagine. However, it leads to the most interesting part. Injustice is the reason that the hero needs to stand up and create the next revolution.
In 2014, global warming is becoming worse everyday. In an attempt to fix the issue, the government lances in the atmosphere the CW7. However, the engineering solution to all our problems backfires and kills almost all human beings. The earth becomes a frozen uninhabitable land. The only solution is to board the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe via a perpetual-motion engine. The rank of the final survivors are then decided by their tickets. First class benefits from showers and warm food at the front while at the very back we find the freeloaders fighting for their survival and living in filth.
In 2031, the living conditions of the freeloaders haven’t improved. Tyrannically treated by the front leading passengers, they are at breaking point when they finally receive cryptic messages that give them hope. They will revolt once more under the leadership of Curtis (Chris Evans).
If you have to hang on to your seats then you should certainly hang on to your stomachs too. This movie is not for the faint-hearted. The storyline is unpredictable and simply great. Politically charged and visually entertaining, it keeps us guessing until the end. Chris Evans, I have to add, does a great job as Curtis. We had never seen him this powerful but it is absolute that he pulls it off.
This movie gives us a glimpse into the human soul. It is not just about blowing things up, on the contrary it is about survival in the most extremes conditions. Really poignant and touching.