"Fighting for you're rights does not stop when the world ends...it's only the beginning"
"Snowpiercer" is a film of about many things, but the main item of discussion is it's concept. While most dystopian sci-fi films are taking place outside of our lifetime, Snowpiercer's impact date is just around the bend. Not even 50 years around the corner, it's more like 17 to be exact.
It's a bold move, but it definitely gives us movie lovers something to rollover long after watching this interesting bit of reel. Would you like to know more about this entertaining ride? Join us in tonight's Unhinged Review.
One Large Interesting Part...
about the plot of the story is that it all takes place on a train. You know how most futuristic films have millions of people scraping for food in a barren wasteland fighting off aliens or zombies?
Well, "Snowpiercer" keeps everyone snug and comfy in an overcrowded train blazing at a ridiculous speed across the entire globe. We're talking from Florida to China and from Russia To Guam, of course this is all courtesy of Mr. Wilford, but it's no less quite impressive.
Now, who is Mr. Wilford? Well, Mr. Wilford is the developer and creator of this fantabulous train who is also responsible for making those hard decisions to keep it running when those faulty bits malfunction;)
The story begins interesting enough painting a picture of desperation and hopelessness for the passengers in the rear of the train. Yes, believe it or not, they even have rich and poor classes at the end of the world...lol Curtis(Evans) is a rider of the last car who believes that he and everyone in the back should be able to bask in the finer life rumored to be in the front of the train.
What's so special about the front of the train? Well for one thing, they have actual food and not some protein block that the back wheels have been forced to eat day after day. The front is also not full of disease and people clamoring for space. The front as far as Curtis and people like Curtis know is the closest thing to normalcy they'll ever experience since the big freeze.
And what's the Big Freeze? Only an experiment gone horribly wrong that made life on earth impossible for everyone and anything outside of the train. We're talking Ice Age times 10, lights out no more Sunday's at the park. This film is about people fighting for their right to be classified as human in the final ride of their lives....
Chris Evan's Isn't The Only Fighter Of Human Rights
There are several other heroic or shall we say fighters amongst the train's ranks that also want for a better life. You've got a mother fighting to save her child, you have a man who was punished for trying to right a wrong and you even have a one-legged man whose seen it all.
These characters are relateable as they could be anyone of us, given we we're thrown into the same situation. Desperation can be a living hell, but it can also be a source of madness to push people past insurmountable odds to attain hope for tomorrow. But what do you do when you're tomorrow is exactly the opposite of everything you've hoped for?
The Concept Of The Film Is Wild
After watching this film, it seems that the writers, Bong Jooh-ho and Kelly Masterson were quite creative in their plight to stir curiosity. Of course it helps that the original idea and a few key pieces came from a graphic novel series titled, Le Transperceneige written by Mr. Jacques Lob and Jean-Marc Rochette back in the 80s. However, the story still manages to take the viewer on a cold, but engaging ride across the world.
Just imagine if you had to ride on a train your whole life confined to a section because of your status or skill set? How frustrated would you be to spend year after year, day after day doing the same repetitive tasks over and over? Not being able to meet any one new and having to sleep stacked or sandwiched between others in your predicament.
So yeah, we feel Curtis's angst and bitterness towards the system he was forced to be a part of. It's not like anyone signed up and said, "Um, hello I want to be treated lower than a dog". No one signs up for that, no one wants to isolated or segregated based on what others deem should be their place in society. So why do we do that to each other today?
Even though, "Snowpiercer" is a science-fiction film, it's really not that far off. Take away the Ice-Age and fancy train, you are living in 2014. Here we have racism, cruel and unusual punishment and daily battles to claim scraps that the rich leave on the table. It's really a sad picture, but this is the world we've built and if we're not careful, it may destroy us very soon.
Now That That's Out Of The Way..
"Snowpiercer" was a sleeper, but it did have some interesting spins on human behavior.
Not many films show the ugly as it resides without attempting to pawn it off on a catastrophic event. Now, there is an Ice Age in the film, but that's just a backdrop for the conflict of man vs. man.
So should you watch "Snowpiercer" ? Why not? It's an interesting watch that you can rent at the nearest Redbox kiosk or your favorite local rental store. It's a film of interest and one to leave you talking long after it's over. Enjoy
What did you think of the film? Do you agree with our take on the movie?
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