When an experiment designed to reverse global warming goes awry, the world plummets into a deep freeze … except for the passengers aboard The Snowpiercer, an innovative new train that circles the entire planet Earth indefinitely. Flash-forward 17 years in the future and a bizarre class system has emerged, with the elite riding up front – eating fresh food and attending schools – while the lower class citizens get treated like garbage up the back. You’ve heard of Snakes On A Plane? This is Dystopia On A Train). Along with some fellow tail dwellers, Curtis (Chris Evans) initiates a revolt, making their way up to the front to control the engine and therefore the human race.
Why You Should See This Film
Based on a French graphic novel from 1982 and directed by Bong Joon-ho (Parasite), Snowpiercer is visually stunning, falling somewhere between the surreal morbidity of Terry Gilliam and the wild eccentricities of Almodovar. Interiors are claustrophobic and imaginative, while exterior shots are beautiful panoramas of a frozen world. Allegories to the class and control of our real world are clear and often played up to chillingly humorous effect, and there’s great performances by Tilda Swinton, Octavia Spencer, Ed Harris and John Hurt.
- Year: 2013
- Rating: MA15+
- Director: Joon-ho Bong
- Cast: Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, Chris Evans
- Duration: 126 minutes
- Language: English