Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Snowpiercer (2013) South Korea | Hollywood

One non-stop journey to nowhere.

Action | Drama | Science Fiction

Original title:
Seolgugyeolcha (Korean)

"AD 2031: The passengers in the train are the only survivors on Earth."

     Recently, many Korean directors leaped onto Hollywood for movies like 'The Last Stand' and 'Stoker'. Actually, none of them were not bad, those were pretty good first steps to test their potential into the world's largest arena. For a change this movie was Korean but had 99% western actors in it and also was in English. Probably the first Korean English language movie as per my knowledge.

     An intense action-drama filled with some amount of mysteries to put viewer edge of the seat. Well written screenplay to form into an entertaining cinema. More like it was inspired by some computer game or games can inspire by this. The whole story takes place on a non-stop moving train which carries only survivors after failed experiments regarding global warming. Each portion of the train carries different class people to keep the human kind balanced. But the problem arises when one of the box people tries to break all the barriers.

     There were no flashbacks in the picture, but was narrated in a voice like a bedtime story. If you liked 'Dredd' or 'The Raid Redemption' you would like it as well because in those movies prime preferences were given to stunt sequences and suspense than the story and twist. That is why all these flick looks alike, but distinguished by their locations and character appearances.

     The first half was very good, but further moving toward the second half kind of fall short to keep the same momentum. It might be because they were not digging deep of what they're showing on the screen. Overall a pleasing story, but the end was ordinary, looked like same villain trick from various movies. After the great first half and average second, it is hard to put them together to say one hell of a movie because of the falling graph draft from starting point to the end. One should go for it only if he's expecting good actions, thrilling suspense and the great visuals.

Similar movies:
Dredd, The Raid: Redemption, Attack the Block, Tower Block, The Condemned, The Tournament

Suitable for:
Tween, Teen, Adult, All

Final verdict:
Ignore, Bad, Average, Good, Excellent

Snowpiercer (2013) on IMDb

  • Tween: From age between 7 to 12
  • Teen: From age between 13 to 19
  • Adult: From age above 20
  • Ignore: Not worth watching
  • Bad: Not good but watchable
  • Average: 50-50, choice is always yours
  • Good: great certainly not masterpiece
  • Excellent: A must see, Masterpiece

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