Primal, captivating, and unique, Snowpiercer is honestly unlike anything I’ve ever seen.
The premise is simple. Mankind, in an effort to reverse global warming, succeeded all too well – it sent the world into a deep freeze. Snowpiercer is an incredibly long train that shelters the last of humanity. The tail of the train houses the less fortunate, and as one progresses along the train, life gets more and more advantageous.
Chris Evans plays a character named Curtis who reluctantly leads his fellow impoverished in revolt through the length of the train. No uprising has ever succeeded, but his mentor called Gilliam played by John Hurt assures him that they will experience success this time. Curtis and his crew must first get past Mason, played by Tilda Swinton. Mason easily steals the movie because she is one of the oddest characters I’ve ever seen.
I won’t give away the ending, but there is lots of bloodshed, plenty of action, some unexpected twists, and even some pretty good acting. In fact, this is probably Evans’ best role to date. I love him as Captain America, don’t get me wrong, but Curtis is no Captain America, and Evans brought depth and validity to this character who is by no means a hero in the traditional sense.
Snowpiercer is not perfect. There are several plot holes that still irk me, and you will definitely feel like you’re missing at least half of the overall story. Yet, the film mesmerizes. It has a quality that forces the audience to pay attention, to stay riveted, and to occupy the edge of the seat. It forced me to ignore its flaws and instead appreciate the raw vitality displayed throughout.