Writer: Joon-ho Bong, Kelly Masterson (Screenplay) Jacques Lob, Benjamin Legrand, Jean-Marc Rochette (Graphic Novel ‘Le Transperceneige’)
Starring: Chris Evans, Jamie Bell, Tilda Swinton, Ed Harris, John Hurt, Octavia Spencer, Alison Pill, Luke Pasqualino, Ewen Bremner, Kang-Ho Song
Plot: In a future where a failed global-warming experiment kills off all life on the planet except for a lucky few that boarded the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe, where a class system evolves. The lowest class citizens lead by Gilliam (Hurt) start a revolution to get to the front of the train to be treated fairer. Curtis (Evans) leads the charge as each train carriage offers up new surprises.
Verdict: Surprisingly entertaining comic book adaptation
Story: Going into this you have to know that you are going into watch a French comic book, so don’t expect everything to make perfect sense and take the realism alert out of how you view this. We get the social differences between the rich and poor, that reach a breaking point, much like other comic book adaptation of recent years be it TV or film you have surprise deaths and plenty of twists along the way. The story does pull you in and works because it only follows one group so you are just as surprised what is behind each door as the characters. (8/10)
Chris Evans: Curtis the leader in the making, waiting for the chance to take over the train, once he starts he turns into a good combat solider who will sacrifice anything to make sure he makes it to the engine room of the train. Good performance from Evans showing that he can play dark comic book character next to his Captain America. (8/10)
Jamie Bell: Edgar the younger member of the revolution who idolises Curtis, but his slightly hot heatedness will get him into trouble. Good supporting role from Bell who shows he can fill in any support role, now it is time for him to step up to lead roles. (8/10)
Tilda Swinton: Mason one of the powers that be on the train, she shows her ruthless side when punishing one of the lowest members of the citizen. Good performance from Swinton as you would expect. (8/10)
Ed Harris: Wilford the designer of the train and head of the engine room, to who the revolution is targeted against. We don’t meet Wilford until near the very end but we hear about him from the start, good small performance from Harris. (7/10)
John Hurt: Gilliam the leader and wise member of the lowest citizens on the train, he is horribly crippled due to previous events on the train. Good wise man performance from Hurt.(7/10)
Octavia Spencer: Tanya joins the revolution after her son is taken to the front of the train, she is trying to save him from whatever they do to him. Good performance, giving Curtis the push he needs to step up. (8/10)
Kang-Ho Song: Namgoong the prisoner that gets released to help open the doors as he designed the security system. Good performance playing the slightly crazy member of the group. (8/10)
Director Review: Joon-Ho Bong – Good direction throughout to keep you really into a film that could easily get boring quickly.(8/10)
Action: Plenty of combat throughout. (9/10)
Sci-Fi: Who knows what he could do to this planet and how we will try to save ourselves, this is an interesting take on it. (9/10)
Settings: With the whole film set on the train we enjoy how each carriage offers something unexpected. (10/10)
Special Effects: The effects on the train all come off very well, but the outside look of the train is terrible computer effects. (6/10)
Suggestion: I think this should definitely be tried, I think people will enjoy it more than they think. (Try It)
Best Part: The massive battle in one of the carriages.
Worst Part: A few plot holes involved.
Action Scene Of The Film: Carriage battle.
Kill Of The Film: The teacher.
Scariest Scene: The punishment given to one of the members of the lower citizens.
Believability: The world could turn into this, but that is all for believability here. (1/10)
Chances of Tears: No (0/10)
Chances of Sequel: I would like to think whatever happens next is explained more in the comics.
Post Credits Scene: No
Oscar Chances: No
Box Office: $80,220,079
Budget: $39 Million
Runtime: 2 Hours 6 Minutes
Tagline: AD 2031: the passengers in the train are the only survivors on Earth.
Trivia:Joon-ho Bong’s first English film.
Overall: Impressive Comic Book Film