Cert: 15 Runtime: 126 mins Director: Joon-ho Bong Cast: Chris Evans, Kang-ho Song, Jamie Bell, Octavia Spencer, Ah-sung Ko, Tilda Swinton, John Hurt and Ed Harris
We go forward
This film has completely eluded me for some time now! I have heard great things, it needed viewing. Snowpiercer hasn’t been released in the UK as cinematic release and not a lot of publicity. This is a stellar cast with an interesting premise. What is Snowpiercer about you say? Set in 2031, the entire world is frozen 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 (Chris Evans), 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. A revolution is underway.Snowpiercer is an intelligent action packed thrill ride. There’s a great amount of depth to the story that keeps you on your toes. The great thing about Snowpiercer is even if the story does nothing for you and you lose interest in all the characters and plot, you’re still left with a decent action film. Snowpiercer doesn’t come without its flaws, but fortunately they are flaws that don’t impede any enjoyment of the film.
Problems mainly stem from the writing and acting, here. The script is a little expository at times, and some of the dialogue is pretty on the nose and comes out with a tasteful side of cheese. Some moments don’t come across very genuine, and others are just melodramatic. The acting pulls me to both sides. On one hand you have stellar performances by Tilda Swinton and Ed Harris as villains. Then you have the film’s two main Korean actors, Song Kang-ho and Ko Ah-Sung who make compellingly entertaining junkies, and then smaller roles by great actors like John Hurt and Octavia Spencer. But, and I’m probably not the first to say this, Chris Evans is not the best actor. He’s got enough good looks and charm to carry a franchise like Captain America, but when it comes to darker more serious roles he isn’t quite as convincing. He doesn’t quite have the acting chops to be taken seriously. Would of been interesting seeing Jake Gyllenhaal’s interpretation of Curits. Since he auditioned for the role. This is a thought provoking film that deserves your attention, it needs some more dissecting with a few more watches. Give it a go!