Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Better Late Than Never Review: Snowpiercer

First Poster for film from moviebuzzers.com

Snowpiercer starring Chris Evans and John Hurt was a 2013 Science Fiction film based on a graphic novel of the same name. It takes place in the future on a really long train that the remaining human inhabitants live on because of the deep freeze that killed most life outside the train. Along with Evans, the cast includes John Hurt, Ed Harris, and Tilda Swinton.

Science-fiction always seems to border the lines with horror and fantasy, this film is more towards the fantasy line.  People that are into the sub genre of steam-punk may find this film visually interesting. There is some action as Evans and his crew who represent the lower class people that were stow-aways when the trains journey began, fight their way to the front of the train. Swinton and Harris are on the other end of the trains class spectrum and represent the upper class that was meant to be saved on the train.  The plot has them using Evans side as slave labor pretty much and has them living in poor conditions.  Revolts were planned in the past to take over the train but were unsuccessful.  The goal mentioned many times in the movie, is "whoever controls the engine, controls the train." 

There is some action at a few battle points while making the way to the front of the train.  A lot of slow motion, physical clashes and very little gun play.  The acting in this film was not bad, Swinton plays her villainous role so annoyingly you genuinely hate her character who is the ambassador of the train's engineer and leader. Evans, gets to really flex his acting muscles in this film which we really don't get to see him do in his Avengers and Captain America films so this was a good change for him.

The film moves along nicely and there are some interesting twists in the story that will take you by surprise.  Overall, in a time of year the weather may keep you inside and shows on television pause for their mid-season finales this is worth a watch.  It's available to stream now on +Netflix and is rated R.