Welcome Indie film fans! Scribbler Zisi found us an excellent one you should check out if you haven’t already and if you have watch it again…
Great films set on trains are not rare. “Runaway Train,” “Murder on the Orient Express,” “Terror Train,” and “Strangers on a Train” prove that maxim. None of those fine films had the following quote, “…you know what I hate about myself? I know what people taste like… and I know that babies taste best.” Hence we dig into the carnage filled “Snowpiercer.” A South Korean film directed by Joon-Ho Bong, this gritty action fest is a dark one.
In 2014, in order to combat global warming, the nations of this planet dump CW-7 into the atmosphere. Since the lowest bidder usually wins the contract for jobs like this… it doesn’t work. Actually, it worked too well, freezing the Earth and killing everyone living here. But wait, because a mad industrialist, Wilford (Ed Harris) knew it would fail, he built a train that travels the world on a self-propelled system. This train is hundreds of cars long and takes on thousands of survivors. Unfortunately for Curtis (Chris Evans), he is in the rear… the cramped and soot filled car that houses the dregs of society. They eat only protein bars (…and wait until you find out what is in them!) and never wash. Rebellion is on his mind, and his spiritual leader, Gilliam (John Hurt), is set to take over the train. The rebellion will be a bloody one and odds of its success are not good.
As the haves continue to prey on the have-nots with brutal punishment and stealing their children (…but for what?), the rebellion starts. It’ll be a bloody one and the goal is to seize the engine at the train’s front. This will require opening gates to each train along the way. Enter an addicted, psycho Korean, Namgoong (Kang-ho Song). The rebels thaw him out from a deep freeze jail sentence, as this guy knows how to unlock doors. As the merry, but very disturbed rebels head to the front, each train car has sorted dangers and traps they must overcome. In addition to an armed force seeking to protect Wilford, betrayal, horrific truths, and haunted pasts will play havoc with the effort.
We are let in on the backstories of the unwashed passengers in the rear, thus giving us the knowledge that a peaceful co-existence between the two groups will not be possible. Will Curtis make it to the front of the train? You’ll see… but beware, getting what we wants isn’t always what it is cracked up to be. The f/x are terrific as our locomotive smashes through ice settings with apocalyptic landscapes along the way. Over two hours in length, the viewing experience won’t seem that long as plenty of action and no lulls are what make “Snowpiercer” a great view on Netflix.
*Feind Note: I watched this one several months ago but failed to ever review it here. Like Christopher I found this to be an excellent film that has plenty of action, mystery and intrigue along with making you think while it’s at it. Exceptionally well written and acted leaving you plenty to think about as well as some wicked bloody action scenes to satisfy the gorehounds out there. One of, if not, the best Indie film of last year.
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