From it’s wikipedia page: Snowpiercer is a 2013 English-language South Korean-Czech science fiction thriller film based on the French graphic novel Le Transperceneige by Jacques Lob, Benjamin Legrand and Jean-Marc Rochette.
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So last week was Free Comic Book Day in Toronto, and boy, did I make out well. I stopped at three excellent comic book shops, and got my Captain Canuck Year One signed by Jay Baruchel and Kalman Andrasofszky. Big day. Huge. Anyway, while on my trip to all of the comic book hot spots, I saw all kinds of Snowpiercer merch and couldn’t believe I hadn’t already told you guys about one of my favourite comic book adaptations! (One of. Guys, there are so many).
When climate change becomes the final problem (so, now, basically), humanity comes together with a plan to solve it, and fails, big time. Our movie takes place in the aftermath, when the remainder of humanity is the few who have boarded a train firing in a loop around the earth with a perpetual energy engine. On the train, people have separated into classes, the poorer at the back of the train, near starving, and the rich at the front of the train, living lavishly. Lead by Curtis (Chris Evans), the “scum” at the back of the train revolt and plot move across the train to the engine, to force negotiations for a better life for those in the lower class.
This is an indie sci-fi, with wisps of horror, based on a graphic novel, starring Chris Evans. CAN’T BE MAD ABOUT THAT N’AM SAYIN’? The film is absolutely crazy, but also incredibly thoughtful. Evans gives an incredible subtle performance that shows off his acting chops. The brilliant and diverse cast so beautifully portray the struggle of the less fortunate while blending seamlessly with the horror sci-fi craziness this film brings. Director Bong Joon Ho brings a Korean horror sensibility to scary elements that I won’t spoil here. His approach to the source material and the terrifying secrets all along the train are incredible and keep this both uplifting and bone chilling.
After excellent critical acclaim, this film certainly made it more mainstream, but many a fan missed it, so if you’re one of those fans, I hope you’ll check this one out.
Great if you liked: Train to Busan, Children of Men, Sunshine, Minority Report, Looper, Running Scared, The Fifth Element
Fun Fact: In the “after the credits scene” of The Avengers Age of Ultron, you’ll notice cap covering up his chin while enjoying his shawarma. That’s because Evans was already filming Snowpiercer and had grown a beard which was covered up by a prosthetic jaw.