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Snow Piercer (2013)

I watched Snow Piercer (2013) at the weekend.

It was recommended to me off the back of my “twin films” post last week when, as always you guys were great and dived right into the comments on my Facebook page.

I got talking disaster movies with someone and they mentioned this film, so I checked it out on IMDb and the write up and cast listing got me interested enough for it to became my Saturday night movie.

For anyone that hasn’t seen it it’s based on the French graphic novel “Le Transperceneige” and stars among others, Chris Evans (Captain America/The Avengers movies), John Hurt (Alien), Jamie Bell (Billy Elliot), Tilda Swinton (Constantine) and Ed Harris (The Truman Show).

This is what it’s about:

It’s 2031 and after an attempt to stop global warming via climate change engineering catastrophically backfires, a new ice age is created.

The whole world is frozen and all life is extinct except for the passengers aboard the Snowpiercer, a train that’s been hurtling around the globe for 17 years.

On board, a new economy and class system has been implemented.

Led by Curtis (Chris Evans), a group of lower-class citizens living in squalor at the back of the train are determined to get to the front and spread the wealth around.

Each section of the train holds new surprises for the group, and they will literally have to fight their way through if they want things to change.

A revolution is underway.

I enjoyed this film.

It’s different, is a fairly believable concept (as far as what could potentially happen in that scenario), it’s well acted and thought provoking.

I’m not saying it’s Oscar-worthy but if you’re looking for a decent post-apocalyptic film that breaks the mould and feels a bit like the love child of The Day After Tomorrow, Total Recall and Train To Busan, this is the film for you.

There’s also a Netflix series based on the film starring Jennifer Connelly (Blood Diamond) but I haven’t seen it so can’t actually tell you if it’s any good or not.

I can tell you though that it holds a 6.2 rating on IMDb compared to the film that has a rating of 7.1.

I don’t often take much notice of ratings so my advice would be to just check out the first episode and go from there.

What did you watch over the weekend? 🤔

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