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I want to buy snowpiercer on iTunes but. Like all the reviews are so contradicting. There’s reviews saying that it’s the best movie ever and should be showcased amongst the likes of jaws? and others literally saying that it was the worst movie they’d ever seen and a downright waste of time/money. So
It’s a well-made dystopian film. It has several anime tropes in it (that I loved). It depends on what kind of movies you like. I loved it and am encouraging people to watch it. I didn’t know it was $15 on iTunes though. Since it wasn’t playing in my city I watched it on VOD for $7
Who would win?
The idea of “Snowpiercer” was intriguing to me. A man-made disaster plummets Earth into an ice age and the last survivors of humanity are cooped up together in a train. To anyone with personal space issues, that’s a total nightmare.
Social stratification has taken on an entirely new level of separation. Those who live at the front of the train are the pampered elite. Those who live in the back are the scum, kept in poverty and ignorance. The train has been circling the globe for eighteen years. There are children on it who have never known anything but living on Snowpiercer.
The people living in the trail of the train are increasingly dissatisfied with the scraps they’re thrown. They live on gelatinous protein blocks, handed out once a day during a brutally regimented head count. They are dirty and cramped so close together that no one has any privacy.
The movie centers on the revolution, lead in part by a man named Curtis (Chris Evans). Everyone in the tail section understands that the gulf between those riding near the engine and those riding in the tail is enormous. Past revolutions have all failed. Curtis believes they have to try,because they have one thing none of the others had. Someone from the front of the train has been acting as an ally, feeding them information.
The look of the movie is beautifully atmospheric. The tail section is dark and dirty, getting practically opaque from grime in some scenes. The closer to the front of the train the revolutionaries draw, the more brightly surreal the train cars get. There are gorgeous cars on the train, the kinds of places you’d want to be if you could take a brief trip on Snowpiercer.
Evans’ Curtis is a man who is hardened to his situation, but not yet to the point that he forgets that he shares close quarters with other human beings. He is driven by the surety that every life on the train matters.
Then there’s Tilda Swinton’s Mason is a fanatical martinet who brusquely reminds everyone of their “proper” place according to the hierarchy of the train. She spouts Snowpiercers propaganda with the certainty of the thoroughly brainwashed.
There were parts of the movie that I did predict, and others that left me sorting through rafts of possibilities until the reveals ultimately came. Even where I had guessed correctly, I was still satisfied in the story. There are some surprises in “Snowpiercer” and I found it to be excellent for watching.
It is violent and there are several scenes that make it a movie that I can never take home for my Dad to watch because the movie will gross out my mom so bad we’ll have to turn it off. But, it should be taken into account that the world of “Snowpiercer” is harsh and stark. These are extreme conditions and they produce extreme reactions.
That said, I doubt that one of my favorite parts of the movie survived the ending. I love having an underdog to root for and “Snowpiercer” produces more than enough of them. However, I was on Team Stingray and, sadly, I am pretty sure that they didn’t make it.