Snowpiercer Czech Republic, France, South Korea, USA 2013 – 126min.
A giant train travels the earth, which has been devastated by an ice age. On board are two classes: the rich at the front and the poor confined to the back.
2031. Earth has been devastated by a new ice age, and humanity is squashed inside the Snowpiercer, a gigantic train that endlessly travels the remains of the planet. On board, a hierarchy is in place: the poor are in the back, living in filth, and the rich are in the luxurious front. But the revolution has begun. The poor take the train one car at a time, to face their mysterious leader.
Like his compatriots Park Chan-Wook (Stoker) and Kim Jee-woon (The Last Stand), Korean director Bong Joon-Ho (The Host) has yielded to the call of the Hollywood sirens. This French-American co-production adapted from the graphic novel by Jacques Lob and Jean-Marc Rochette takes advantage of the best the American movie scene has to offer (impeccable delivery, sensational sets, thrilling action) without falling into its traps. The screenplay therefore spares no one, the political subtext is not oversimplified and the startlingly violent spectacle grabs you by the throat for two full hours.