“Snowpiercer” is the bullet train of the post- apocalyptic era: because of a snafu in global- warming experiments, the world is shivering in the reincarnation of the ice age; eerily compelling, “Snowpiercer” is comprised of survivors, those destined to circumnavigate the globe for the remainder of their lives; in perpetual motion, ceaselessly churning into the frozen, uninhabited, lethally beautiful landscape; occupants divided by class, wealth, haves/have not’s; a totalitarian society on wheels.
Seventeen years have passed in the ultimate “mobile home” and those relegated to the last cars are restless and salivating for a coup against the merciless bureaucrats propelling the engines; “Curtis” (unrecognizable Chris Evans) instigates the uprising, with his intractable aid de camp, “Edgar” (always intriguing Jamie Bell); felled initially by “Mason” (wickedly versatile depiction by Tilda Swinton); Director Bong Joon-ho ’s (“Mother”) inventive, decidedly titillating imagination gifts viewers a circuitous, surprising, mesmerizing scenario, as the rebellious gang murderously advances from the rear to first class; through a bakery, school, spa, disco, an aquarium to rival Chicago’s Shedd; the disparity between the filthy plebeians and the pampered privileged increases exponentially.
Propelling force of the train, in tandem with the dramatic intensity of the plot, plummet viewers into an unnatural cosmos, a tortured, violent milieu where “survival of the fittest” might eventually “trump”, the clichéd “he who has the gold rules”.
THREE & 1/2 STARS!!!