Watch: Snowpiercer 2013 123movies, Full Movie Online – Set in 2031, the entire world is frozen except for those aboard the Snowpiercer. For seventeen years, the world’s survivors are on a train hurtling around the globe creating their own economy and class system. Led by Curtis (Chris Evans), a group of lower-class citizens living in squalor at the back of the train are determined to get to the front of the train and spread the wealth around. Each section of the train holds new surprises for the group who have to battle their way through. A revolution is underway..
Plot: In a future where a failed global-warming experiment kills off most life on the planet, a class system evolves aboard the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe via a perpetual-motion engine.
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Snowpiercer is getting a TV adaptation soon, so now it’s the best moment to rewatch one of the best movies in 2014. At the time, Bong Joon-ho wasn’t exactly a famous director that everyone knew about. Therefore, the cast led by Captain America himself, Chris Evans, and the intriguing premise did all the work in creating the cult following it got. Ironically, I haven’t watched this film since its release, so this is only my second time boarding its train. I’m going to start with the best thing that this movie possesses: its screenplay.
This is one of the most shocking films I’ve seen when it comes to delivering jaw-dropping twists, one after the other, exclusively through dialogue. As it would become a staple in Bong Joon-ho’s filmography, his writing is so incredibly complex and multi-layered that it’s truly a miracle that his movies end up making any sense. Snowpiercer (which is co-written by Kelly Masterson) has literally dozens of logical questions that any other film would not only fail to explain, they wouldn’t even try to. With any other screenwriters, this movie would feel too far-fetched and hard to believe. But it’s far from that.
Each character receives extraordinarily elaborate development, filled with mind-blowing revelations and eye-opening twists. Every line of dialogue, every picture, every camera movement, every shot, every scene matters. Everything the viewer sees or hears either means something or foreshadows an eventual payoff. Snowpiercer is the definition of “every shot counts”. Don’t you dare go to the bathroom without stopping the film first. You’ll undoubtedly miss something significant. Absolutely brilliant screenplay and astonishing, well-written characters.
It’s indisputably a narrative-driven story. Snowpiercer is a lesson in exposition. Even though there’s plenty of action (I’ll get there), it’s a movie that relies on the viewer’s ability to be captivated by dialogue. The concept is definitely unique, and the story is extremely captivating, but only if the viewer can understand the value of entertainment in listening to these characters while they go through their revolution… in learning who these characters were, are and will be. Just as an example, there’s a third act’s monologue performed by Chris Evans that not only delivers tons of information about his character, but it’s also emotionally compelling to watch. If someone doesn’t *feel* anything during this scene, then maybe Snowpiercer might not be the movie for you.
I find The Platform to have a similar concept. Instead of a train, it’s a vertical prison, but the allegory of how society works is evident in both films. How politics, religion, and early education can control Humanity. The top/front people not only receive more than what they need, but they still overuse everything, completely ignoring the bottom/tail humans that need to fight for scraps. These films take entirely different paths, but Snowpiercer owns a much more complex narrative than The Platform. However, it’s still interesting to see the comparisons between these two distinct approaches on a similar theme.
Nevertheless, for everyone that needs some sort of dynamic entertainment, this flick is also packed with action set pieces. There’s a tiny bit of too much shaky cam for my taste, but overall, it accomplishes the mission of delivering the chaotic, energetic, claustrophobic environment that the action sequences need. It’s a train, after all. It’s not like they could produce massive battles in such a small space. In fact, the screenplay allows the crew to show some really creative, innovative techniques. The use of slow-motion (not only during the action scenes) elevates the movie, generating great suspense/tension, and it’s perfectly timed (including a fantastic one-take sequence with Chris Evans).
Since I just mentioned him, might as well address his impressive performance. People might not remember this, but at the time of the film’s release, Evans was interested in pursuing a directing career, setting his acting as a secondary role. While I do believe he’s going to make a great director, I’m beyond happy that he continued to use his acting abilities. As with most of MCU’s actors, I feel like he’s pretty underrated considering what he has demonstrated throughout his career. Snowpiercer is just the tip of the iceberg. Chris Evans is a remarkable actor and much more than “just” a version of Captain America.
Tilda Swinton (Mason) also offers a quite interesting display, Octavia Spencer (Tanya) is fascinating, while the legend Ed Harris (Wilford) takes his short but effective screentime to prove how gifted he is, especially concerning plot exposition. He’s always able to be captivating by merely opening his mouth. Marco Beltrami’s score is riveting and memorable. The editing (Steve M. Choe, Changju Kim) is not only seamless, but it definitely helps the viewer better understand the story. Finally, the production and set design are impeccable, offering the “one-location”, claustrophobic vibe that a train unavoidably has.
My only major issue involves the ending. It’s quite impactful but also underwhelming and morally divisive. A particular decision that affects everyone in the train (basically, the entire Humanity) doesn’t quite convince me that it’s the best conclusion. It sort of diminishes some of the characters’ efforts to get where they do, as well as the story’s initial purpose. On one hand, it’s an ending that raises a few questions in a movie that does a terrific job in explaining every little detail until this last moment. On the other hand, the train is far from giving a fair life to everyone…
In the end, Snowpiercer is not only one of 2014’s best films but also one of the best of the respective decade. With a brilliant screenplay, Bong Joon-ho delivers an extremely complex narrative, filled with emotionally shocking character development, and featuring excellent stunt work. The underlying theme of how Humanity is controlled by how its society works (from politics to religion to education) cleverly accompanies the already twistful story. Snowpiercer is a phenomenal lesson in “exposition”, and the definition of “every shot matters”. Boasting jaw-dropping performances from everyone, especially from Chris Evans, every dialogue is remarkably captivating, packed with mind-blowing revelations, and an unbelievable effort in explaining every little detail regarding the train’s functionality. This would undoubtedly be at the top of the decade’s best movies if not for a morally divisive and somewhat underwhelming/questionable ending. Technically, an addictive score, amazing editing, and impressive production/set design put the final stamp of quality in a brightly original, unique piece of cinema.
Original IP Post-Apocalyptia as well as the 21st century can possibly dish it out.
_Final rating:★★★★ – Very strong appeal. A personal favourite._
Dark social science fiction
Snowpiercer was a surprise to me. I thought it would be just another “social commentary” dystopian film trying to ride the coattails of The Hunger Games craze. Instead what I ended up getting was one of the best post-apocalyptic films I’ve ever seen. A smooth roller coaster of action and quiet, dark dialogue.
And don’t get me wrong, it is another “social commentary” dystopian film, and yes, perhaps it’s riding The Hunger Games craze just a little bit. But, when that riding ends up producing a film of this quality, is it a bad thing? And it’s not like The Hunger Games invented the idea of alternative future where the poor are trying to usurp the rich people that are controlling them from their towers of ivory. These are both just variations of Orwell’s 1984, which draws heavily from the age old tale of the underdog, David versus Goliath.
It’s the execution of an idea that makes or breaks a film and here that execution is nigh flawless. Everything from the design of the train to the A-list cast of actors to the storyline that keeps up the relentless pace, but still has time to reflect on the motives, histories and moods of the characters.
Snowpiercer is simplistic art. It doesn’t try to win you over with limitless of details, high explosives or flashiness. Rather it takes a central idea and fills it with as much quality as possible. Highly recommended for all fans of science fiction out there.
Can I just say… what?
There’s a lot going for this movie, stunning cinematography, amazing set design, and a great premise. But, it all just demands the question, what? There’s a lot going on and it doesn’t always make sense. The acting is pretty good, the characters are well cast and have depth. But there’s just too much going on and there’s just not enough reason behind it.
Original Language ko
Runtime 2 hr 6 min (126 min)
Genre Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Director Bong Joon Ho
Writer Jacques Lob, Benjamin Legrand, Jean-Marc Rochette
Actors Chris Evans, Jamie Bell, Tilda Swinton
Country South Korea, Czech Republic
Awards 34 wins & 105 nominations
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Camera Arricam LT, Zeiss Master Prime and Angenieux Optimo Lenses, Arricam ST, Zeiss Master Prime and Angenieux Optimo Lenses, Arriflex 435 Advanced, Zeiss Master Prime and Angenieux Optimo Lenses
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm (Kodak Vision3 250D 5207, Vision3 500T 5219)
Cinematographic Process Digital Intermediate (master format), Super 35 (3-perf) (source format)
Printed Film Format 35 mm (spherical) (Kodak Vision Premier 2393), D-Cinema, DCP Digital Cinema Package