Let's not be afraid of words : Snowpiercer is a master piece. With a story set in the future and an imaginary train Joon-ho Bong actually shows us with a magnifying glass what our world is.
I had the chance to attend the US premiere of Snowpiercer at the 20th Los Angeles Film Festival. Bong was at the opening night and talked about the difficulty to deal with snow when shooting in the Tyrolian Alps in Austria. A failed climate change experiment killed almost all life in the planet which is completely frozen. Few people managed to survive and boarded the famous Snowpiercer where each social class must stay in ist wagon to maintain the order. As noted festival director Stephanie Allain ''Snowpiercer is very artistic but accessible.'' And it's very true, the photography is magnificent and the all movie is very creative, at the same time you are following a hero and you follow the action like in a blockbuster.
Snowpiercer is a very smart combination of art and entertainment. Each decor of each wagon challenges your imagination, from the dirty back of the train, to the heaven like gardens and the decadent night clubs. We are on a journey with Curtis (played by Chris Evans (Captain American himself!)) and we are going to cross all these wagons to fight his social condition, to fight the system. Minister Mason played by Tilda Swinton is terrifyngly hilarious and makes the insurgent traveller's lives a misery. Snowpiercer is a life experience in the confinement of this snow train which called also be called the horror train.