“Snowpiercer” is a perfect metaphor of a film that conveys Boon Jong Ho’s lens for radicalism and social justice. More straightforward and accessible than his later excellent film “Parasite,” and aided by intense and frequent action scenes. Itself a microcosm of the history of economics and social development through the early industrial age, “Snowpiercer” is more clever than its tagline even suggests, creating a unique and fascinating world within a locomotive.
I was stunned by just how good “Snowpiercer” is, and dismayed that it took me this long to view it. Rather than just a plod through class theory bottled up in dystopia, the film is dark and surprising as it is brutal . An impressive cast of characters played by Chris Evans, Kang-ho Song, Ed Harris, John Hurt, and Tilda Swinton, among others, makes this a standout production.