DISCLAIMER: When you hear the word Communism, if your mind goes immediately to hostile foreign dictatorships, despots, fascist regimes and such, then you've misunderstood what Communism is. However, this article is not a political statement. It's intention isn't to start a political discussion. It's not propaganda for neither Communism nor Capitalism. Enjoy!
It would be fair to call Snowpiercer one of, if not 'the', most underrated movie of 2013. That's understandable since it's South-Korean director Joon-ho Bong's first (hopefully not last) english film. Most people shy away from foreign filmmakers and movies, and that is acceptable since we all agree focusing on subtitles the entire time and missing half the movie is a pain. However, Joon-ho Bong is a phenomenal filmmaker, and has proved that to the world with his fantastic movie Memories of Murder (2003).
Snowpiercer got minimal attention from filmgoers to media alike. This didn't stop it from being one of the most original movies of the year. It was driven purely by story and not fancy shootouts or unnecessary humour. The characters were both comical and incredibly vivid; They each were unique and woven carefully with traits that made you feel towards them exactly what Joon-ho Bong intended you to.
There are many subliminal themes in this movie, or rather many that one could come up with. Such as a pressing warning for Global Warming or major scale description of the Ying Yang. Here's the bit about the Communist Undertones.
The passengers on the train are divided up in two categories.
- The passengers in the back who are leading terrible lives and barely survive in the provided horrid living conditions.
- The passengers in front who live in luxury and abundance.
These categories symbolise The Aristocrats and The Proletariat. Having grown tired of the toxic protein blocks, the darkness, the filth and the fading of the qualities that make them human, the Proletariat strike towards the front of the train. This revolt is caused by one thing that will and has always stood true by history. People become dangerous once they've got nothing left to lose. So the men of the group start a surge with one uniting purpose in mind.
Distribution of wealth
They intend to strike the front to take what is owed to them by the de facto aristocratic leadership. They want equal rights and equal standards. On the other side the aristocracy fights to keep their way of life at the expense of others' well-being (as they do). There's also a philosophical message here; It's that even the unlikeliest of people unite in times of desperation. People in the back who may have otherwise hated each other are united through a central theme that conquers their lives. They unite because of something greater than 'liking' each other and that's 'need'. They need each other to meet a mutual ends and are determined to fight eye-for-an-eye for they could not go further down the spiral.
"This is not a shoe, it is disorder!"
To the front, of course, disorder is anything that threatens their lifestyle. Order is anything--no matter how inhumane or immoral--that preserves the safety of their luxury without care for what external conditions require. She mentions peoples 'pre-ordained positions'. Pre-Ordained not through democracy, a vote or simple moral guidelines, but through the power of wealth over human right of course.
All of this is nothing but opinion. The movie could be interpreted in more ways than one. At the time of watching, I could not think of anything other than the clash between classes. What do you think? Comment below!