The perpetual motion machine in front of the train in Joon-ho Bong's movie "Snowpiercer"

Movies 251-260 · Edition 014

2014 – Birdman · Alejandro González Iñárritu [USA]
2013 – The Zero Theorem · Terry Gilliam [GBR]
2013 – Snowpiercer · Joon-ho Bong · [KOR]*
1998 – Train of Life · Radu Mihaileanu [FRA]
1990 – The Match Factory Girl · Aki Kaurismäki [FIN]
1989 – New York Stories · Woody Allen, Francis Ford Coppola [USA]
1984 – Dune · David Lynch [USA]
1967 – Doctor Dolittle · Richard Fleischer [USA]
1942 – Casablanca · Michael Curtiz [USA]
1921 – The Wildcat · Ernst Lubitsch [GER]

*Among them we choose our favorite movie:

I would have missed „Snowpiercer“ at cinema, but fortunately my good friend Henning, who has always made good suggestions – he convinced me to watch „Snowpiercer“. I may not spoil any information if I refer to it’s very special gigantic single set: a moving train. But I can’t stop here, I have to talk about more details of this movie.

It’s one of those simple ideas which give a precise spine if it’s combine with a good plot (besides the convincing characters and overwhelming visuals): a train is a single moving line; what if the end of the line has no clue what goes on in front, who is steering it? Where to?

The protagonists are those people at the last carriages – people with less to no rights, people of the lower part of a two-class society. Their aim is to gain information what is going on. In order to figure this out, they have to overcome various obstacles. Every carriage on their way to the front has it’s own special purpose and difficulties to deal with.

And this is the reason this movie is so interesting for setscene. You will be surprised what kinds of sets Joon-ho Bong’s film has to offer, even if the story is located in a moving train: a variation of a concentration camp, a greenhouse, a aquarium, a classroom etc. – besides those sets you expect to have in a train. Of course, one has to be open minded to accept this very special cinematic universe. It had have a visual precursor. This movie is based on the comic „Le Transperceneige“ by Jacques Lob, Benjamin Legrand and Jean-Marc Rochette.

Snowpiercer · 2013 · Joon-ho Bong
Snowpiercer · 2013 · Joon-ho Bong