THE PLOT THUS FAR
Set in a future where a failed climate-change experiment kills all life on the planet except for a lucky few who boarded the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe, where a class system emerges..
WHAT WE THOUGHT
“Snowpiercer” intrigues because the concept is based in futility. Regardless of perpetual motion or whatever powers the train, something is going to officially cause that train to stop. When it stops, the false class system will be exposed to the wilds of a destroyed world and eventually succumb to the elements. The seeds of revolution begin when several lower class passengers start having their kids taken away from them. We get some talk about how your ticket on the train is punched by fate or some silliness and then we’re introduced to mysterious Asian. Mysterious Asian seems like a younger version of The Keymaker from the Matrix sequels of doom. Nevertheless, he exists to keep Chris Evans moving further to the front of the train.
Science Fiction used to be the realm of the greatest cinematic ideas. The idea of class warfare in Science Fiction is as old as Fritz Lang’s balls, but something about it remains tried and true. That being said, any story likes falls apart when you look at it past US vs. THEM. Ultimately, the film fails because it wants to be a message about everything. As a result, it ends up having nothing lasting to say while looking so damn cool. In a sense, it’s got the social justice sensibilities of a teenager on Facebook.
Then, I turned a corner on the film with my third viewing. While I feel that its cause to power efforts are pedestrian, “Snowpiercer” tosses around a ton of ideas. The ideas take extra time to sink in your brain, but it plays way better on repeat. The cast is impeccable, once you can get past the initial issues with the setup. Maybe, Gabe was right about this one.
The Blu-Ray comes with a critics’ commentary, featurettes, art galleries and animated prologue as the special features. The A/V Quality is sharp for a film of this nature. The 1080p transfer sports a nice flat hue that changes in between each car. Plus, the DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track makes these set pieces come to life. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase.
RELEASE DATE: 10/21/2014