The quick synopsis of Snowpiercer is that after mankind has caused the earth to freeze over a scant few survivors are living on a self-sustaining train that travels around a fair chunk of the globe. It’s become it’s own world and has a community on board where the poor are all but ignored by the powers that and they want to break out of their section at the rear of the train and get to the engine. If they succeed then they can change the hierarchy on board this train.
I’d heard a lot about this movie before I finally got around to seeing it and overall I enjoyed the film. It was much darker in places than I thought it would be and there was a few turns and twists which I simply did not see coming.
Very little throughout the film pulled me out of it. With a film like this I think it could have been easy for little inconsistencies to creep in. The sort of thing that would bring you out of the fantasy land that the movie should have you in. Thinking back to the film, after having watched it, there are a couple of things which do flash out at me, but nothing that’s really shattered the illusion of the film.
I couldn’t fault the acting at all. It seemed very solid throughout, but with the cast that the film had that’s to be expected. Chris Evans was especially good I thought. He carried the weight of his character’s struggles well and his revelation near the end of the film was really gripping.
Tilda Swinton was also very good. She’s an actress I’ve seen in a few films and she always seems a solid actor, and here she holds her antagonist role well. Her character was ruthless, but also kind of cowardly at the same time.
I did find the ending a little odd, and I’m still thinking through what it means in the bigger picture but it’s a film that I would recommend to anybody who wanted to watch something that got them thinking.