Movie Review: Snowpiercer (2014)

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Post apocalyptic stories are really fascinating. It is interesting to see how different authors/directors portray their post apocalyptic world. Some of my favorite post apocalyptic stories include the TV show “The Walking Dead” and the excellent novel “The Road” by Cormac McCarthy. What I am trying to say is that I enjoy post apocalyptic stuff and I was therefore intereted in this movie.

Ladies and gentlemen… “Snowpiercer”.

The world has gone to shit. Everything is frozen because of something humans discovered once. And because of that there aren’t many humans left (thank you, people!). Now the few remaining humans all live on this train that circles the world during the course of one year. But this train isn’t like the happiest place ever, oh no. It has basically become a very tragic society. In the front we have the good parts of the train where people live happily and richly and asshole-y. And in the back we have the essential shithole. But soon we will have a revolution led by Curtis (Chris Evans) and old man Gilliam (John Hurt). And while that sounds like typical “the little people standing up for themselves” story, you’d be right an wrong. It looks like that at first but the story is much more well-written than that. It contains twists, excellent plot progression and some genuinely good storytelling. I loved the plot to the movie. It was interesting to see Chris Evans with all these other people trying to take this train, because it wasn’t just an action movie, it also had a lot of dramatic strength too and it managed to surprise me with everything that it did. And that is why I kind of loved the plot.

The characters in this movie all have serious arcs which makes them so interesting. And that is great because there are a lot of characters in this movie and that is something they could have fucked up, but didn’t. Chris Evans is pretty fantastic in this movie. He shows all emotions possible in this movie and he captures them all perfectly. He is also excellent in the action scenes. John Hurt is also pretty great, but you all knew that. I mean, it’s John frickin’ Hurt! Octavia Spencer was also great in this movie as this mother who loses her child pretty early on. She also showed a lot of emotion and gave a great performance. To be honest, everybody in this movie was great! All characters and all performances were great.

The original score by Marco Beltrami was another thing in this movie that was great. It fit the mood of this dark and at times disturbing movie. His score really helped bring the intensity to an entirely different level. There were also some emotional songs in the soundtrack as well that were pretty great too. Like I basically said at first, the entire score is great.

Don’t go into this movie expecting a generic American action movie which is kind of ironic because of Chris Evans who also plays Captain America in the Marvel movies. Anyway. this is as far from your typical American action movie as you can get. So if you want a generic American action movie then this isn’t for you. The action in “Snowpiercer” is intense, brutal and visceral. And for those of you who have seen the movie, yes there is shaky-cam in the movie, but they use it in a good way compared to everyone else who decides to use it. The camera work in general is pretty great too. This was directed by Korean director Joon-ho Bong who I have not seen anything else from. But now that I’ve seen how great of a director he is with “Snowpiercer” I kind of want to see something else by him. Because he was great.

This movie has been really well-received by critics and a fair amount of people alike. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 95% positive rating with a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 84/100. And on imdb.com it has a score of 7,0/10.

“Snowpiercer” is a very original and different movie that I loved. The story was great, the acting was great, the music was great and everything from the camera work/director was also great. Time for my final score. The hell? *Opens up bullet*. The score was rolledi nto a bullet… weird. My final score for “Snowpiercer” is a 9,83/10. It definitely deserves the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”
Seal of Approval

Review of “Snowpiercer” is completed.

Wait… This isn’t the Hogwarts express!

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