Release date: June 27th, 2014 (USA)
Running time: 126 minutes
Director: Bong Joo-ho
Starring: Chris Evans, Kang-ho Song, Go Ah-sung, Jamie Bell, John Hurt, Tilda Swinton, Octavia Spencer, Ed Harris
Summary: Set in a future where a failed climate-change experiment kills all life on the planet except for a lucky few who boarded the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe, where a class system emerges.
This is the first film in english language for korean director Bong Joo-ho and, despite its limited release in the USA, has succeeded to make an impact. Snowpiercer is intriguing and smart and has the perfect balanced between being horrific and beautiful. Full of breathtaking twists, the movie has a video game-like feel where every wagon seems like a new level. The functioning of the train was very well realized, giving the exact amount of information to keep you from wondering how it could work in real life.
Chris Evans in the leading role is almost unrecognizable, not even once did I think of him as Captain America while I was watching it. This movie shows what a great actor he is apart from the Marvel franchises.
Kang-ho Song, only speaking in korean, gives an outstanding performance, delivering the emotion of what he is saying even though you don’t understand him.
Tilda Swinton was phenomenal. She really made the character so hateful just by her way of being. She’s an splendid actress and never fails to deliver. The rest of the supporting cast, John Hurt, Octavia Spencer, Go Ah-sung, and Jamie Bell were fantastic too. It was very interesting to see the contrast between Curtis (Chris Evans) and Edgar (Jamie Bell). Curtis has lived 17 years on the train but also 17 years on earth, so he knows how things should work while Edgar was borned on board and doesn’t know any other way of living.
Snowpiercer is ambitious and plays with an effective metaphor. One problem: the train is supposed to be in constant motion but the majority of the shots are still. Of course, when you have a movie like this, who cares about that?