Reviewed by willich
on 01/07/2015 08:29

Snowpiercer is a dystopic action film that is both exciting and philosophical. Joon-ho Bong crafts a bleak future in which society has degenerated so that what’s left of humanity lives on a train, criss-crossing the globe behind a perpetual-motion engine that keeps moving forward even as life stagnates in the many carriages behind it.\r\n\r\nAt its core the film is an allegory where wealth, power and privilege reside at the front of the train with the 1 per cent, and slowly decrease with each carriage, culminating in the cramped, oppressed slums where the majority of the train’s inhabitants subsist on grim, gelatinous manufactured food and dreams of a successful uprising.\r\n\r\nIts no surprise then that the story focusses on the inevitable rebellion from the rear carriages as people fight for their rights. \r\n\r\nExcellent viewing and hopefully the first of many great sci-fi films to come out of Asia over the next few years. \r\n\r\n