Mini Film Review – Snowpiercer

Yesterday I watched Snowpiercer; and it was really good! Directed by Bong Joon Ho, and starring Chris Evans, Kang-ho Song, and Tilda Swinton; Snowpiercer is a post-apocalyptic, science fiction film, based on the French graphic novel series Le Transperceneige by Jacques Lob. 18 Years after an attempt to stop global warming backfires, the whole world is now covered in snow, and all life on Earth is now extinct; except for a handful of hummanity who travel the world onboard a self sustaining train. So far I have watched three episodes of the Snowpiercer TV Series, and just haven’t got round to watching anymore, it is though technically on my to do list. This though is the first time I have watched the film, and it was pretty interesting. The way the train is divided up shows the social imbalance of wealth and poor rather well in a cool hierarchy form, by having the poorest section in the tail at the far back of the train, with the wealthy right at the front. The film though takes it’s time to display these pieces of information, allowing for some interesting surprises. So from the get go, we get more indulgences, by having the action fight sequences, which are beautifully technical; take place nearer the start and mid-way point of the film. The film does feature an interesting ensemble cast of big names including Ed Harris, Octavia Spencer, and John Hurt; but these are used rather sparingly. This does however allow the film’s stronger parts go to it’s lesser well known cast, like Jamie Bell, and Ko Asung; who put on the performances of a lifetime. It’s a really cool and well done film: it creates a small world, fills it up with good characters, and injects some social dramas; all in the hope of putting on a show; like nothing you’ve ever seen before. Plus the set pieces are so well engineered; they make you feel like you are actually travelling on this train!

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