Snowpiercer [Blu-ray] [2013]

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  • Release Date: 11/03/2015
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    Overall Customer Rating:
    93% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (292 out of 314)

    Synopsis


    Snowpiercer
    The Host and Mother director Bong Joon-ho makes his English-language debut with this dystopian sci-fi thriller set in the aftermath of a failed global-warming experiment that ushered in the dawn of a new Ice Age. As a perpetual-motion engine keeps a super-powered locomotive speeding around the planet, the impoverished lower classes occupy the rear cars while the privileged upper classes are pampered in the front. The fragile balance of power between the two begins to shift, however, when an enigmatic message sparks a revolt that cannot be quelled. Luke Evans, Song Kang-ho, Jamie Bell, John Hurt, Tilda Swinton, and Ed Harris star. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Chris Evans
      Chris Evans - Curtis
    • Song Kang-ho
      Song Kang-ho - Namgoong Minsu
    • Jamie Bell
      Jamie Bell - Edgar
    • John Hurt
      John Hurt - Gilliam
    • Tilda Swinton
      Tilda Swinton - Mason



    Customer rating

    4.4
    93%
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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      If you want something different in your sci-fi

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      MichaelO
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      First of all, you have to buy into the premise. It's the near future and global warming is for real, so the scientists come up with a solution which, in fact, fixes the problem. They also kill everything on the planet with a catastrophic cold wave. The cockroaches survive as usual as you will find out later in the film. There are survivors who manage to board a train that circles the globe non-stop...forever. The train is the foresight of a man known as Wilford. I usual give actor credits here, but it is suggested I not, as it is a big surprise. It wasn't to me, but if you want to look it up go to IMDb or something. Like much of the world, the train is split up into the "have-nots" led by Curtis (Evans) and his mentor, Gilliam (John Hurt). They live in the back of the train, far removed from the "haves" way up front. The 1 percenters are led by Wilford and his second in command, Mason (Swinton). And before I go much farther, she's a hoot. Especially when the contingent reach the kiddie's classroom. In addition, there are a collection of thugs whose mission is to keep the riff raff in the back where they belong. They live in squalor and get a protein bar for their daily ration. I won't go into the content but it will put your gag reflex in overdrive. As fair warning there are a couple more events that will unsettle most. But the film does do a good job of setting the stage for the conditions these people have been in for 17 years and why they want to escape. Armed with little more than their determination, the rebellion is afoot. One by one the rebels move up car-by-car until they reach the domain of the guy in charge of the locks between the cars. Namgoon Minsoo (Kang-ho Song) is the guy and is aroused from his cryogenic sleep along with his daughter, Yona (Ah-sung Ko). He agrees to help (always in Korean) but only if he's supplied with a regular supply of homemade drug that he's addicted to. Essentially the film is as simple as that. Get to the engine where Wilford lives. The combat portions of the film are excellent. The film is purposely dark and gloomy. It isn't a feel good movie. People you become fond of are killed. Kids are in the mix and are exploited, but darn if this isn't a refreshing change from the stuff we are often exposed to in mainstream movies. The film ends on a bleak, if hopeful note. But this isn't mainstream. Which is probably why the woman walking out of the theater behind me said to her husband. "That's the worst movie I've ever seen"! She obviously hasn't see the latest "Transformers."

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Solid Movie+Solid Special Features

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      VandyPrice
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      What Snowpiercer has to its advantage more than most standard action or post-apocalyptic films these days are its interesting ideas. From the opening moments where the audience is exposed to a flurry of exposition placing us in a world where man has attempted to control nature and in return has cursed our earth to a frozen eternity I was hooked. The only survivors being locked within a speeding train, built and engineered to last forever, traveling the same course over and over again, completing the circle around the globe once a year. We learn of the passengers at the back of the train, those who are treated on a sub-human level and the few within the beaten and battered group that are planning a resistance, a revolution. This may instinctively conjure up comparisons to Elysium wherein the rich and poor are so distinctively separated that it seems convenient for the film to be interpreted as some type of propaganda, but the director never allows his film to slip into this kind of piece. Instead the throughline of Snowpiercer remains an unrelenting and unforgiving journey from one end of this locomotive to the other wherein our protagonist Curtis (Chris Evans) not only discovers the layers and the societal structures of those who live ahead of him, but how easily they have forgotten what is taking place not three cars away. Where many a post-apocalyptic film will maintain the focus on how society has come to work in the wake of failing and in turn sacrificing character development both this and The Rover prove that it is the actions and mentalities of the characters you create that define the rules of the world and not the mounds of exposition you have them spurting so that we understand those rules. Snowpiercer wastes little time explaining things, it trusts its audience and it gives only a brief amount of set-up before diving into the narrative that Curtis, his second in command Edgar (Jamie Bell) and their wise old leader, Gilliam (John Hurt), are setting in motion to push forward. What follows is a layered and engrossing series of obstacles that avoids feeling like a video game by creating these characters and dynamics between them to where we can't help but become invested.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Fantastic!

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      jackieboy

      Snowpiercer was a very big, and very pleasant surprise. It came out of nowhere, with no advertising and hardly any theatres even showed it. But boy, am I glad I saw it. In the future, in the midst of the second Ice Age, a sole train in perpetual motion circles the world. This train carries the last of humanity. Split up into different sections, the tail being the poor and the front being the rich, the rear section decides to revolt and fight their way to the front. An all star cast includes Chris Evans, who proves that he can actually act, and is quite different from his charming, squeaky clean Captain America act. Tilda Swinton is a tour de force, completely bizarre and just magnificent. Octavia Spencer, Jamie Bell, and John Hurt also make memorable appearances, although I won't spoil them. The two Korean leads are also magnificent. As the 'tailies' fight their way to the front, they pass through a variety of train cars, none what you would expect. The special effects and set design throughout the train are stunning. This movie has a lot of political themes going on under the surface, and is a much smarter and layered movie than you would probably expect. But don't worry; this film has some of the most memorable action scenes in years. From beginning to end, this film hardly lets up. It does let up though, just enough for you to get to know and love these characters. Not your typical Hollywood movie! Takes a lot of risks, and almost all of them pay off. Different, smart, and thrilling. highly recommended.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Overlooked, but Outstanding Sci-Fi Film

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      DyingCustomer
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      On the surface, it looks like another class warfare/revolution-type film that's set on a train; such stories are pretty commonplace among YA-type movies. But what sets it apart from others like it, and what makes it progressively fantastic, is its tightly-focus narrative and the way it unfolds the plot subverts the whole foundations of class revolution: from the idea of a hero, the conceptions behind rich and poor, and the very core behind the result of having a revolution. The third act does halt the film to deliver the heavy weight of the plot, but it's nevertheless a impressively-twisted story. A story that's paired with masterful cinematography and impressive hand-to-hand combat; only its sub-par visual effects would detract certain viewers expecting Hollywood-quality CGI, but there aren't many of its visual cues. It comes packed with a second disc worth of bonus features, the meatiest of which is a discussion behind the French graphic novel which is the source of this film. Could've had a substantial interview with the Korean director (and yes this is quite the international production) and the critics commentary isn't up to snuff, but otherwise, you're gettin' plenty at a relatively cheap price. If you love a well-made, thrilling dystopian sci-fi movie that push the boundaries of storytelling, and don't mind the brutal violence and disturbing themes (believe me, when I said "subverting the idea of a hero" isn't to be taken lightly), you should give this movie a shot.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Sleeper flick of 2014

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      docnyt
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      This movie flew in under the radar of the American movie going public. It is now gaining somewhat of a cult status among scifi fans. It is at once a social commentary on a dystopian future, a dark comedy, and an action movie complete with the First Avenger in the lead role. I half expected Bucky dressed up as the Winter Soldier to make a cameo, given the wintry setting of the train. There is never a dull moment in this film, with the pacing taking the viewer from the dregs of the last cab through the school and the elite front, and finally the engine. Strange discoveries await the protagonists on their journey. Without giving away spoilers, let's just say some of the plot twists are unsavory. Overalll, this is a very engaging scifi actioner, with a perversely bleak yet optimistic at the end, view of mankind. Highly recommended watch!

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Should win Oscars

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      Bobobabob

      1000 people left. All of them inside a steel box that goes on a path where the loop starts again every 365 days. The people in the back are the poor the people up front are the privileged. I went into this skeptical, how can you make a movie that takes place inside of a train. The director makes it work and soon into the movie the oppressive confines of the train become a huge part of it and make the story that much better. Is it a little implausible? yes... But don't let that take away from the superb directing and storytelling. The subtle and not so subtle political commentaries in this movie are very well done and you can watch the movie many times to see things you might have missed the first time through. I think this could be up for best picture.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Excellant in the dark future genre

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      MovieMongo
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      After climate change freezes the planet an extreme survival train with a small population struggles to stay on track. We learn what's going on as some of the characters do. The elite take care of themselves at everyone else' expense so the masses eventually want justice. This common theme is presented with very good cinematography and CGI and acting even bearing with occasionally unreal dialogue. Some of the characters seem real and likeable so we learn to hope for them on the wild ride through an endless blizzard.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      I know what people taste like.

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      kulturevoid
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      Post apocalyptic ride on a train continuously encircling a frozen Earth. Loosely adapted from a French bande dessinée and directed by Korean filmmaker Joon-ho Bon g with mostly American and British actors, this one of kind film is a rumination on the class divisions humankind imposes on itself, the precarious balance of power held between the haves and have nots. While that may sound dry, dull, and unappealing, the thrust of the story is darkly comic and satiric, a hallmark of Bong’s films. Science fiction for people who enjoy having their perceptions challenged and brain cells tickled.

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