Flash Movie Review: Snowpiercer

I am curious to know where it first began how the mindset of one being wealthy equated to being better than someone else. From various news and media sources I have seen, I definitely can see being rich does not mean one has good taste. When I see some of these celebrities in their massive estate mansions, I have to wonder do they really need all of that space and stuff. Seriously, how many bathrooms does one need in their house? Enough for a party of 25 being able to all go to the bathroom at the very same time with no waiting? My first experience where I saw a wealthy person exerting their so called power over another individual was with a distant family member. Because they were successful in business, aka making lots of money, they began telling other family members what they should be doing to get ahead in life. Though I was young at the time I was offended by the way they would talk down to people, treating them like they were ignorant just because they were not as rich. Success and wealth are not terms I necessarily use to denote financial status. A person who has close and long relationships with family and friends is a wealthy person to me.    POWER came to those who were wealthy in this futuristic science fiction film.  After an experiment failed to reverse global warming, mankind was virtually wiped off the planet. Only a small group continued to survive in a self-contained train that continuously circled the globe. Even though the passengers all suffered under the same horrific experiment, inside the train there still were divisions of class. And with class power was soon to follow. This film festival winning thriller gave me a fantastic ride. With Chris Evans (The Avengers, Captain America franchise) as Curtis, Tilda Swinton (Only Lovers Left Alive, Moonrise Kingdom) as Mason and Octavia Spencer (Fruitvale Station, The Help) as Tanya; the cast was well represented with abundant talent and star power; yet, I did not see any advertisements for this action movie. The story was interesting and easy to follow even with its surprise turns. I thought the look of the film was perfect in the way the viewer became a witness to the contrasts within the train. It was interesting how the few special effects were not very good; but it was okay, since this film was predominately story driven. What a pleasant surprise to watch a science fiction movie, having no prior awareness of it, that had a feasible story and was wildly entertaining. It really had a power over me and I was fine with it.


3 1/4 stars

About moviejoltz

From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on September 12, 2014, in Fantasy/Sci-Fi and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. I loved this movie. It was so unpredictable…lots of surprises!

    • In case you did not see one of my replies, e reason this film did not come out at the theaters was due to a disagreement between Harvey Weinstein of The Weinstein Company and the director. Can you believe it? It was such a wonderful surprise for me as well. Thanks as always for your comments.

  2. Ok. At last I have actually seen a movie you have reviewed. Apparently I live in a cultural wasteland in South Carolina. However, thank goodness for our Nickelodeon in Columbia.
    I love your reviews and live vicariously through them.
    Snowpiercer was a little too much for me. A little too much violence. A little too much TV Beauty and the Beast for me. I kept expecting Vincent and Catherine to appear on the train and lead Father to the front.
    Sigh. The cinematography was wonderful.

    • Thank you so much for your kind words, it is so sweet of you and I appreciate it. Now what is up with the difficulty in you getting to see some movies? I have been to SC and I loved it, but it will just not do to have movies few and far between. Too bad the 1st movie you have seen that I reviewed is one that was not a good experience for you. I hope you will get some good movies out in your neck of the woods soon.

  3. This one sounds like a winner. I love surprises!

  4. The only movie you cited I´ve seen is the Avengers of Captain America, this new movie I guess I´ll have to check it out. Actually I have to check out a lot, again very nice how you first talk about money and wealth and transition to the movie part. I actually think that wealth is measured by individuals in different terms since that is why we call ourselves individuals, we are different and have different ways of thinking. For me money is not the key to happiness and certainly I would have a great dilemma if I had 25 bathrooms in a house, I wouldn´t know to which one to got to and probably end up pulling my hair and just going out to the garden to do my thing. Certainly it helps having money no question about that, makes life much more easier specially when you come from a place where you don´t have money you do learn to appreciate it even more than those who where born with it. That would be my guess. But overall there are certain individuals that are plenty happy of just being able to work, hard work,no glory, but at least I feel productive even if I´m putting up bricks in a construction site where some rich person will eventually live in. And have my mid to lower income that provides me with a roof over my head, buy myself some books, have internet, be able to write and learn from other writers, and not only writers since I follow from traveling to writing, food, even pastors, movie reviews, you name it I probably follow it, see this wordpress thing as my free online university(if you take what I pay for the internet that is). You are always learning something new and that to me is also wealth. Knowledge is wealth.

    • You nailed it on the head. Knowledge is wealth and to me teachers are the most underpaid and appreciated. I have always said I just want enough income where I do not have to think about how am I going to pay for it. Your reference to this being a free online university is a great line of thoughtfulness; I may have to use it if you do not mind. I love checking out the variety of blogs on the internet. Thanks again for your comments; it is much appreciated.

      • It´s my pleasure to drop by your blog, as much as I can and read different things. As I said reading a variety of blogs I always find something useful I can take away for my own writing or just for the knowledge and fun of it. Have a great day!

  5. I just rented this one from RedBox and thoroughly enjoyed it finding it to be a refreshing take on a dystopian society. It had some truly dark aspects but also offered a bit of levity through Tilda Swinton and the bizarre classroom scene.

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