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Snowpiercer brings a new dimension to creative on-train action

I can’t say I’ve watched countless movies with on-train action but I have seen a few like Unstoppable, Taking Pelham 123 and Source Code; which happens to be the one that left me glued to the screen the most.

Snowpiercer left me glued to the screen but also left me a bit perplexed with several thoughts running through my mind. Is that a sign of good script-writing and directing?

Maybe.

The movie is based on a French graphic novel Le Transperceneige by Jacques Lob, Benjamin Legrand and Jean-Marc Rochette and is directed by Bong Joon-ho. It’s a South Korean science fiction action film which was set in the not too distant future (Hint:2031) where an experiment to counteract global warming failed hereby launching the globe into an ice-age that wiped out Earth’s inhabitants, leaving only a few survivors which were able to board the train called the Snowpiercer. This train is so massive that it accommodates different classes of people from the head to the tail and ironically reminds me of Nigeria’s present state of how the gap between the rich and the poor is so wide you’d think both classes were operating on different planets.

The tail is exactly what it is.

The tail.

From their clothing to their feeding to everything you can think of, the inhuman acts carried out on the tail section of the Snowpiercer is hideous. You wouldn’t want to imagine life in that section.

Casting:

The movie stars Chris Evans as the protagonist Curtis, (seeing Evans in something other than his Captain America role and costume was a little weird but adaptable all the same. He pulled off the role so well I couldn’t imagine another actor doing it better) Jamie Bell as Edgar-his second in command (the last time I saw him was in Man on the Legde, John Hurt as Gilliam (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows), Octavia Spencer (The Help) , Tilda Swinton (The Witch in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe). It’s been a while I set my eyes on her. I did not even recognize her till I saw the cast) and Ed Harris (Hello Ed! It’s been a while)

The ensemble cast was very good. I could hardly spot any glitches. It felt like they substituted for everything else that might have been wrong with the movie including the technicalities. I wouldn’t say the visual effects was top-notch though a few cinematographic effects which I could spot from one of the characters deemed artist in the movie was quite good. As for music and score, it was pretty weird to me and there were moments when everything would go quiet and all you can hear is the swinging of axes, firing of bullets or blood spluttering from an axe dug into the body of an individual in the action scenes.

The script-writer and director were able to keep me in suspense which involved Curtis fighting his way to the front of the train to be able to find the truth that we’ve all been waiting for. The reason for all of this and what can be done. Lives are lost in the process and clues are left here and there that made me to keep grasping for the final punch of the movie aka the Climax. It was what kept me that long for the 2 hours the movie kept playing and showed me that just because a whole movie is just about a train doesn’t mean it doesn’t hold it’s own. In fact, it hold’s it well and lingers in your memory for as long as you allow it.B

I’d say the climax wasn’t what I expected and not what I wanted either, but it seemed to be the solution to all of it. To Snowpiercer itself, the end leaves you hanging like a Christopher Nolan Movie and allows you to conjure an ever after with your mind because it doesn’t provide us with any.

And so, I’m going to give it a

You can spare the time to go and see it. It was worth the watch. And if you have, do hit me up on the comments below? What do you think about the movie?

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