First and foremost I am very happy to see that Chris Evans is making sure he's not type-cast by appearing in a gritty sci-fi film like Snowpiercer. Heading down on a Monday morning to catch Cinema Nova's $6 ticket before 4pm deal for the first time, I was happy with my bargain.
A Sci-fi movie directed by Joon-ho Bong. Image courtesy of Roadshow Films
This is a film about 1000 survivors in an iron box going around and around the world in a full circle running on a perpetual motion engine that never breaks down. It is AD2031, 17 years after the world has frozen over and become uninhabitable. A class system has developed and those who are poor and at the back of the train are sick and tired of being treated unfairly and are ready to revolt and head for the front of the train where the rich are enjoying life to the full.
It is a story of a man that became a leader promoted by desperate people who saw him as their future. LIke the train which is in constant motion, though stuck in this iron box, the film constantly evolves within this space quite successfully with unexpected violence and surprises along the way.
I thought Chris Evans played his role quite strongly and he shone even without the glitz and glamour of his Captain America roles. Tilda Swinton is completely transformed and like the chameleon she is, she just melts and merges into the character.
Though preposterous, it is so well handled by the cast you will believe and feel every emotion they are put through by the rich from the front of the train, to maintain order and to make sure everything is in its place where it belongs. You will be appalled at the unfairness, you will rage with the underdog, you will be horrified at some atrocities and you will be on a journey of discovery as each layer is carefully peeled away. To reveal anymore about what happens in one concentrated space would only be giving the story away, so you'll just have to go and discover it for yourself. I give this a 7 out of 10. For me it was a surprisingly good action packed movie compared to what is on offer at the moment.