After being blown away from director Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite, I began to look into his back catalog. I had heard about Snowpiercer but never had an interest in seeing it.
When an experiment to fight global warming backfires and unleashes apocalyptic snow storms across the planet, killing off all of humanity, the sole few that have taken shelter on a world-renowned train called the Snowpiercer are left to survive in their own world. The train is self-sustaining with a built in ecosystem, the ability to grow food, the ability to convert ice patches they plow through into clean water, an engine that theoretically will never quit, and even some luxuries for those who can afford them.
However, not everyone is getting an equal treatment. Our story centers around a group of people in the back of the train who are the bottom of the totem pole. They are fed solely protein bars to live off, and they are confined to stay in their area. On occasion, some of them get drafted to the front of the train for various reasons and they never return.
This is a movie about class warfare and the inevitable fight to get to the top. When they all decide enough is enough, the people in the back join together to make their way to the very front of the train, and we watch as they fight their way through every single section of the train – teaching us how it functions in the process.
This film was a religious experience for me. I was blown away, entertained, led to tears, cheered, and even began to question my own place in life as the many layers of this film began to peel away. I loved this movie so much, and as soon as the credits began to roll, I immediately wanted to rewatch it. There aren’t many films that you can say define your way of living or influence you on such a level, but for me personally, this was one of them. If you have been sleeping on this one (like I was), I recommend you watch this immediately. It is currently streaming on Netflix.
‘Til Next Time, Mike Cleopatra