Snowpiercer, the whole humanity on a train

I didn’t know anything about the movie Snowpiercer before I’ve entered the theater. I had no idea that it was an adaptation from the French graphic novel Le Transperceneige. And even less that its Korean director Bong Joon-ho has brought us the great movies Mother and The Host. And the least I can say is that this movie swept me away from my feet.

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What is it talking about?  
The film is set in a future where a runaway experiment to stop global warming has caused an ice age that killed nearly all life on Earth. The only survivors are the inhabitants of the ‘Snowpiercer’, a massive train that travels around the planet and is powered by a perpetual-motion engine. Over time a class system evolves on the train, with the elites inhabiting the front of the train and poor inhabiting the back of the train. Tired of their poor living conditions, the riders in the back revolt, attempting to seize control of the engine, which the elites in the front consider sacred.

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Cast
Chris Evans as Curtis
Song Kang-ho as Namgoong Minsu
Go Ah-sung as Yona
Jamie Bell as Edgar
John Hurt as Gilliam
Tilda Swinton as Mason

Octavia Spencer as Tanya
Ed Harris as Wilford
Ewen Bremner as Andrew
Luke Pasqualino as Grey

How was it?
I really loved the story, full of twists, great action, funny moments, touching stories… The core of this riddle is simple: what would the humanity do if its only survivors would be stuck on an endless train journey to protect them from the frozen and lifeless world? What would the food chain be? Who would be the masters and the slaves? Who would be their God?

I really loved how the movie was paced. The spectator has the time to let everything sink in the tension as well as the emotion, the horror of the situation as well as the few scrubs of humanity left. All the cast was amazing: special mention though to Ewen Bremmer, Luke Pasqualino, Octavia Spencer and Go Ah-sung. Tilda Swinton was unrecognizable in her role of the crazy minister but even though she is one of the greatest female actresses of her generation, I felt her interpretation was a tad too much on the comical side. But as Wilford said: you’ve got to be crazy to be able to endure such a life. But after all, aren’t we all stuck in a high-speed train called life? And isn’t all we need is to “move forward”?

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