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The film is set in the future (AD 2031) where, after a failed experiment to stop global warming, an Ice Age kills off all life on the planet except for the inhabitants of the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe and is powered by a sacred perpetual-motion engine. Its inhabitants are divided by class; the lower-class passengers in one of the last cars stage an uprising, moving car by car up to the front of the train, where the oppressive rich and powerful ride.
- Aspect Ratio : 1.78:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medR R (Restricted)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.4 x 0.55 inches; 4.8 Ounces
- Item model number : ANCH62262DVD
- Director : Bong Joon Ho
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
- Run time : 2 hours and 6 minutes
- Release date : October 21, 2014
- Actors : Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, Ed Harris, Octavia Spencer
- Subtitles: : Korean, Spanish
- Studio : ANCHOR BAY
- ASIN : B00M7D82E4
- Number of discs : 2
- Best Sellers Rank: #5,354 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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And so much subtle political messaging! Come on. Sometimes it's nice to just catch a cool flick. Constantly trying to make points in a movie detracts from the movie. Also, someone, what's with the trend on cannibalism in TV and movies? It's pretty perverse guys. Eating babies... he really said it. GAG. All in all, there are much better horror films out there, much better post apocalyptic films, just... don't feed this monster.
Curtis' cohort is train-born Edgar (Jamie Bell), who doesn't know what he is missing (from living on the old Earth). The only thing that Curtis & Edgar know is that living in the "rear" part of Snowpiercer is less than tolerable with gel bricks for food, no privacy, & a sardine-like existence without windows. The guards keep military-grade order after a failed uprising several years before.
The mission of Curtis & Edgar is to revolt & make their way (along with any rear-of-the-train people) to the front, where they suspect people are privileged. Train-born children are periodically taken away by force for unknown reasons, people are punished for violence toward upper echelon ruling class people by having an arm stuck out a hole in the side of the train until it is frozen solid and then it is sledge-hammered to smithereens.
The person in charge of the train & its engine is Wilford (Ed Harris). Curtis hates Wilford & is determined to make his way through every car on the train until he reaches Wilford. He breaks out a prisoner (Kang-ho Song) who designed the gates on the train to help him unlock them on his way to the front.
This movie is gritty, gory, bloody and filled with angst. I didn't recognize Chris Evans with his dark beard & hair & his somber, terse demeanor. The movie is worth watching to the end since reasons for every oddity or motive are revealed as the movie progresses. I was surprised at how it all fit together in a way that was unexpected. As with most futuristic movies, some aspects in the movie (like slaughtered chickens and sides of beef suspended in one car) are not plausible & not explained. Recommended due to its departure from any genre I have yet encountered.
The surprise here is that the ensemble cast, good writing and high production values create a world of its own, claustrophobic and uncomfortable, in a seemingly impossible situation.
The acting is above average, with Chris Evans and Jamie Bell providing the good guy buddies who attempt to find their redemption, with generous support from Octavia Spencer, John Hurt, Ko Asing, Song Kang Ho and an impressive ensemble of "heroes" who will claim their place in the new world. Ed Harris has been somewhat type-cast as a crazy person, and it almost works here.
The setting is bleak, yet has some of the best Art Direction/Production Design I've seen in a long time.
First and foremost, this film is worthy for the performance of Tilda Swinton, a bizarre combination of Nurse Ratched and Josef Goebbels, simply amazing. Her moments on the screen are priceless.
It looks stunning on Blu, and I'm happy to have it in my collection. Suspend disbelief, and let yourself be taken in. The last scene says it all, regarding man's place on this planet.
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The script, direction and acting totally failed to make me care about, never mind for, most of the characters. The exception being that I took an instant dislike to Tilda Swanson's character.
Worse was to come though: I suddenly realised just how stupid the idea of making a train as a refuge capsule for the last survivors of mankind was:-
1) Who maintains the tracks if the train can never stop, and you will die in minutes if you leave it?
2) Have none of these people heard of the square-cube law? A long, thin object like a rake of coaches is purpose designed to maximise heat loss!
3) How do you maintain the power plant, and indeed the trains wheels and bearings if it can't stop?
4) How do you know the track ahead still exists if you only visit any point on the track once a year?
Given the ending I suspect that the director may have realised some of this, and carried on anyway!
Set in 2031, the entire world is frozen and dead after a failed climate-change experiment 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.
This is indeed a very original and visually awesome looking sci-fi, certainly as others have said this is probably one of the best films you have never seen or heard of, an interesting and completely bonkers idea for a story, the movie is rather a good budget with fantastic effects and stunning scenery and set designs, each section of the train is strange and bizarre in many different ways, the cast all round is brilliant, Chris Evans is a good lead, we also have John Hurt and Ed Harris, many known faces, Tilda Swinton deserves much credit in this as she is rather creepy and yet very entertaining, the director of this movie is Joon-ho Bong, a Korean director who made the cool monster movie The Host back in 2006, I think this is an amazing English language movie that still has the feel of his previous movies, the movie for most part is entirely in English apart from the part of Korean actor Kang-ho Song (also from The Host 2006) if you love original sci-fi with a great visual style then look no further than to check out this little unknown gem, it may have a few plot holes here and there that you could possibly pick at but don't, its an amazing piece of cinema!! The film does have an R-rating as it is very violent in places too!!
Blu-ray quality is very good in 1080p HD (Italian 2-disc import, Koch Media)
Language is in full English, Italian subs can be removed from the movie,
(The occasional Korean dialogue in movie has no English subs but its not hard to follow)
Special features are plentiful indeed spread over 2-discs, TV spot and trailer, promo spot, various making of the movie features, plus much more,
(Some of the features are in English, some are Italian with no English subs,
Region B so plays in the UK, 126-mins long, 2012.