Snowpiercer is set seventeen years into the future, where Earth is covered in a thick layer of snow and most of the world's population is dead. The ones who survived have been placed onto a train that's continuously circling around the world. The film revolves around Curtis (Chris Evans), a young man who's been on the train since its departure. He, along with his friend Edgar (Jamie Bell), decide to take control of the train by taking over the engine room, but this turns out to be harder than originally anticipated.
The performances in Snowpiercer were phenomenal. It's been three days since I saw this film, apologies for only just now reviewing it, and I've hardly been able to stop thinking about Chris Evan's performance in this absolute masterpiece of cinema. He blows it out of the park with a dark, emotional and frequently brute performance. Despite giving a breathtaking performance, he's no match for the unrecognisable Tilda Swinton. Her performance in this film is incredible, and it took me a fair while to come to the realisation that it was even her!
Snowpiercer's screenplay is unlike anything I've ever seen, but at the same time tackles issues we're already familiar with. There are several key themes of the film that have been done a few times, in recent years particularly, but thankfully these themes/issues have never been shown in this way. The screenplay for the film is brilliant. It's violent, it's smart and it's original. I'm unsure how loyal it is to the source material, but, honestly, I couldn't care less due to the fact that the film is just so bloody good. It's only being shown in a very limited release, but I beg that you take the time to go see it as you won't regret it.
The film's ending runs for just a few minutes too long. The final act of the film is inevitable. It's not predictable, that's far from what I'm saying, but it was necessary that these events take place. Once they do come to this point then the film sort of stops for a bit. It takes a few minutes to get back on its feet, and while these moments are still intriguing, it did affect the pacing of the final act in the slightest. But when the only flaw about a movie is that there's a few minutes that don't belong, well then it's fair to say we've got a great film on our hands.
To sum up, Snowpiercer is led by a phenomenal performance from Chris Evans and an unrecognisable one from Tinda Winton. The film's dark, violent and features a terrific screenplay. The inevitable ending just goes on a bit too long.
4 1/2 Stars