Wednesday, January 14, 2015
As such, it succeeds. The story is about the inhabitants on the back of the train (the "slum" area) getting sick and tired of their living conditions, so they revolt and start making their way to the front of the train. All kinds of hip imagery and fight scenes follow. If you don't put too much stock into the story and just enjoy the ride SNOWPIERCER is a enjoyable ride. The fight scenes could have been more brutal, but I definitely got a SALO, OR THE 120 DAYS OF SODOM vibe a few times (the woman in the yellow jacket scene and the look on Tilda Swinton's face during the night vision scene) so that was a good thing.
Quick pace, good acting (I especially liked Alison Pill as the tripped out school teacher...eyes all rolling back in her head with psychotic fervor), plot holes galore, severe under use of Kang-ho Song, exciting action scenes that look good but lack any real violence, unsatisfying ending. For what it is, it's a fun film. I would really like to see a ultra-gritty video game version. Worth a watch.