(Reposted from movies4maniacs.tumblr.com on August 7th, 2014)

‘Snowpiercer’ takes place in the not too distant future and begins 17 years after a massive global environmental catastrophe, when humans try to reduce the effect of global warming by releasing a chemical into Earth’s atmosphere. This chemical was suppose to lower global temperatures and reverse the effects of global warming but instead it made the planet freeze over and uninhabitable.

‘Snowpiercer’ follows Curtis (Chris Evens) who lives at the tail end section of a train that was built by the mysterious Wildford (Ed Harris), who for the past 17 years has been travelling around the world on this train with survivors of the catastrophe. Curtis lives at the tail end of the train with several dozen others in less than desirable conditions. These tail section survivors are poor, dirty and eat the same food everyday, which is given to them by those at the front of the train. They however, live a much richer, more luxurious life than those at the tail end.

The film also stars Tilda Swinton as a representative of Wilford, Octavia Spencer as a mother whose son is taken from her, John Hurt as the unofficial leader of the tail end folk and Jamie Bell as the best friend of Curtis.

This film was highly recommend to me by friends and I’ve heard nothing but good things about it. It even holds a 95% on Rotten Tomatoes from critics but only a 77% from viewers.


This film ended up making its money back at the box office, which is always good to see in an original sci fi film. Overall though, I thought it was a good film but not a great film. I was confused in many places and even the going from car to car confused me a bit. It seemed more like the actors were travelling through different movie sets rather than travelling through different cars on a train. One positive note was that I liked the two lead Korean actors in the film, Kang-ho Song and Ah-sung Ko. There were many times in the film where Chris Evans’ character Curtis spoke English to one of the Korean characters who spoke back to him only in Korean. How the movie dealt with the language barrier was pretty creative as well. Both characters used a translation device that they each spoke into, which would translate what they were saying and would speak back in the other character’s language. I thought that was handled well.

Overall, ‘Snowpiercer’ is creative, smart, full of action and is very original but it’s also confusing, felt rushed in places and I thought the going from car to car sequences could’ve been shot better.

I give ‘Snowpiercer’ a 7.5/10.