Directed by: Bong Joon-ho
Genre: Sci-Fi, Action, Comic Book, Post Apocalyptic,
Release Date: June 27, 2014 (August 1, 2013 Korea)
Running Time: 125 minutes
MMPA rating: R
The Good: Thoughtful social commentary, Stunning performance by Chris Evans, Engaging action sequences, Darkly comedic, Excellent direction, Well paced, Song Kang-ho's performance is as superb as always, Unique score, Unexpected plot twists throughout,
The Bad: Low budget is occasionally noticeable,
Plot: 9.2/10- On the train Snowpiercer, there is a class system with the rich people in the front of the train and the poor in the back. In the film, Curtis Everett leads a rebellion to take the front of the train and the “Sacred Engine.”
Characterization: 8.7/10- Surprisingly, Snowpiercer manages to create compelling and well realized characters in a short amount of time. Curtis Everett receives the most development of the characters. He is a very complex and conflict character yet he is likable for the most part, although his actions are a little questionable at the end of the film. While not as much time is spent with the other characters like Namgoong Minsu and Edgar, they are well realized effectively for side characters.
Acting: 9.5/10- Chris Evans' performance in Snowpiercer is extraordinary. Evans demonstrates great range and depth in his performance, while still maintaining his believability as an action hero.
Special effects: 7.2/10- Being that Snowpiercer is a Korean film with a budget lower than the typical Hollywood sci-fi film, the effects are noticeably weak at times. Fortunately, practical sets are used almost exclusively with only a few scenes utilizing CGI. Director, Bong Joon-ho, uses the claustrophobic and narrow environment of train with surprising effectiveness, and the sets are very gritty and dark, but never boring.
Soundtrack: 8.2/10- Marco Beltrami's score compliments the film well with a soundtrack that combines typical orchestral notes with other unique techniques.
Humor: 7.5/10- Snowpiercer's sense of humor is both a strength and a weakness. While the film is certainly dark, Bong Joon-ho's dark sense of humor may not work for some. Additionally, the stark contrast between the people living in the front and back of the train can be off putting due to its satirical way of portraying the upper class, which reminded me of the Bioshock franchise (in a good way).
Overall: 9.0/10- Overall, Snowpiercer is an intriguing action film with likable characters, heart, and social commentary that actually works for the most part, which results in one of the best films of the year.
Closing comments: Despite my high praise for the film, Snowpiercer is certainly not a film for everyone. Due to the dark tone and eastern style, some viewers are sure to find it just plain "weird," particularly the first 20 minutes.
Recommended for: Chris Evans fans, Sci-Fi fans, Action fans, Comic Book fans, Korean film fans,
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