Snowpiercer (R) - Runtime: 126 minutes
Starring: Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell
Director: Joon-ho Bong
Writers: Joon-ho Bong, Kelly Masterson
I had heard a lot of really good things about this movie. And I like Chris Evans. And I like the director, Joon-ho Bong who was responsible for the amazing monster movie The Host (not that awful alien invasion movie). However, I was still hesitant to watch this movie, because, c'mon, it's a movie shot entirely on a train. How can this possibly be that good? I was so wrong. This movie was awesome. From the look and feel of the movie, to the bonkers-plot - Snowpiercer is just a fun action movie.
The movie is set in the future where the Earth has had a second ice age because the government wanted to combat climate change by putting chemicals in the air. What's left of the human race is surviving on a train that travels around the world. And this train is special - there's a whole ecosystem in place to keep everyone alive. But there's also a cruel ruling class that hangs out in the front of the train while the lower class tries to survive. Chris Evans plays Curtis, a man destined to lead a rebellion to get to the front of the train and take over the engine. His journey takes him through each car and along the way things become clear that things aren't quite normal.
I won't spoil anything else in this movie - it's just a joy to find out what lies behind the next car door that they open up. It's a neat set up that pays off so well in the end when all the different characters and plots come to collide in the climax. And speaking of characters, this movie has them in spades - from the weirdly pan sexual Mason (played brilliantly by Tilda Swinton), to the drug addict Namgoong and his daughter, Yona.
The movie does take a while to get going - there's a lot to set up in a movie like this - but once the rebellion actually starts - the movie finishes at a frantic pace. From the story, to the characters to the intense action, Snowpiercer is so much fun. This is by far one of the best movies this year.
RATING: IT PIERCED THE COLD SHELL OF MY HEART