If you haven’t heard of Snowpiercer, I recommend steering clear of trailers and going to see it blind. That’s how I saw it—and afterwards I watched a trailer that spoiled lots of things, and I’m glad I didn’t watch it beforehand. All you need to know is that this is a high-concept, post-apocalyptic, sci-fi (ish), fantasy wherein the world’s last survivors live on a train, with each car acting as a literal reinforcement of class structure. I know. It sounds weird. If you have seen the trailer, I don’t think it does the film justice. So, there.
Every once in a while, you see a film that you can’t get out of your head. We saw Snowpiercer over the weekend, and we keep bringing it up like it’s an ongoing conversation without an end in sight. And the more I think about it, the more I want to discuss. It’s a film that stays with you. Here’s why:
1. Stunning visuals.
Because I avoided spoiler-y trailers, I was able to enjoy surprises that await as you see what’s inside each train car. It’s amazing, terrifying, and fun.
2. Good writing and pacing.
I want to watch this film again, just to plot out its beats because it was one of the best-paced films I’ve seen in a long time. I was on the edge of my seat, and the film flew by.
3. Marxist treats.
When you see a film that leaves you in self-reflection about your own life, your own decisions, and your own societal expectations, I take that as a good sign.
4. Great plot.
As I mentioned, the pacing of this film was spot-on, but something that really struck me is that there were no romantic relationships pushing the plot forward. None. Do you know how rare that is?
Above all, Snowpiercer is different—it’s interesting. It’s the type of film that I like to support with my heart and wallet. And because of its beautiful visuals, it’s definitely worth seeing in theaters. In fact, I think I’ll turn around and see it again soon.