"Know Your Place. Accept Your Place. Be a Shoe."
Everyone who worked on this film deserves praise, but when so many things go so well, the first round of applause goes to the director. Bong Joon-ho has expertly translated the world of the graphic novel onto the screen. He knows when to have a scene go hard and fast and when to slow down and focus on detail; this is a simple thing, but an artist with a poorer sense of timing could have butchered this material. The film is dark but not pitch black; every character’s sense of purpose is worn on their sleeve, and that purpose drives them all forward to take hold of something, anything better than the life they currently live.
I’m aware that many of the things I’m mentioning about “Snowpiercer” seem pretty standard. Of course films should have a good sense of timing, of course the characters should have concrete goals and needs, of COURSE the storytelling should keep moving and never stop. With so many films released to the general public that DON’T do this, it’s easy to forget that what makes a movie work are often very simple elements: cohesion, detail, clarity, and empathy. “Snowpiercer” has all of these elements and another that turns a good movie into a great one: ambition. A spyglass into a microcosm of humanity, the film uses a fairly simple story in an utterly fantastical setting to peer down the well of the human psyche. What it shows us is often grotesque, often depressing, often makes you want to give up on society altogether. When watching this film I was faced with the reality that mankind may never really change, that our faults will continue to fester for generations, but I was also reminded of humanity’s greatest strengths, and the reasons we believe in people to begin with. We’re all riding a train together. If that train goes off the rails, we’re all dead. It’s a humbling thought.
It’s haunting. It’s gripping. And it should be seen by everybody. “Snowpiercer”. Go.
Frozen daiquiris, or margaritas. A lot of them. Make yourself feel the cold.
-Drink whenever the rebellion advances into another train car
-Drink whenever something is labeled "extinct".
-Drink whenever someone mentions Kronole
-Drink for sci-fi tropes. This movie is trope-tastic, in the best way.
-Drink when a red letter is read.
This review was written by Krissy Pappau (Hollis Beck). "Snowpiercer" is distributed by the Weinstein Company, and produced by Moho Film, Opus Pictures, Stillking Films and CJ Entertainment. This film is rated R with a runtime of 126 minutes.