Language: English | Korean | French | Japanese | Czech | German
Director: Bong Joon Ho
Writer: Jacques Lob & Benjamin Legrand and Jean-Marc Rochette (based on “Le Transperceneige) Bong Joon Ho (screenplay), Kelly Masterson (screenplay).
Cast : Chris Evans, Jamie Bell, Tilda Swinton
Genre: Drama | Mystery | Thriller
Streaming on Netlfix.
After watching Parasite, I was going through some of the interpretations of the movie on YouTube and in most of the videos, there was a reference to Snowpiercer for using directions to represent the class hierarchy.
And that’s how I decided to watch this film.
Honestly, this is much more complicated. To begin with, this is not a realistic story but more of a fantasy, wherein questions like why this didn’t happen because of that are invalid. The reason for it is that the events and characters are used as metaphors in order to communicate an idea/message. Regarding the theme, as I said earlier, it is mainly based on class hierarchy in society and how they are divided into sections. It reflects upon other themes like capitalism, slavery, food security, over-population and climate engineering. What caught my eye was that even though the whole movie happens in a train, as we move across different compartments, the usage of colour and visuals also adapts to the sentiments of that “class”, much similar to the real world. I also loved the idea of using a train as a foreground, wherein the rich folks in the front compartments keep the “engine” running and the poor ones at the back are impoverished and fed on filth.
Nope, don’t worry, I haven’t given off any spoilers. This movie has got much more than what I have mentioned here.
Regarding the actors, Chris Evans and Tilda Swinton absolutely hit it off the park. Ed Harris who is on screen only for a limited time did meet our expectations, given the role he was playing. Lastly, if there is a reason why you should not watch (or maybe think twice and watch) this movie, it is the brutal violence that is depicted. There are many murders in cold blood and quite a few disturbing scenes like ***SPOILER ALERT***—————————————————————————freezing a guy’s arm to break it with a hammer***. But given the emotion of the movie, this extent of violence justifies it.
Verdict: 7/7 Stars.
Director Bong Joon Ho often clashed with producer Harvey Weinstein, who frequently interfered in order to create “his” version of the film. Among the many requests, the producer insisted of having the fish scene removed in favor of more action. Bong, who considered it his favorite shot in the film, was adamant to keep it in. He told the producer that he wanted to keep the shot for a personal reason, as a tribute to his late father, who was a fisherman. Upon hearing this, Weinstein said that family is very important to him, so he granted Bong to keep the shot. In an interview, the director said “It was a fucking lie. My father was not a fisherman.”
This is Bong Joon-ho’s first English-language movie.
Writer and director Bong Joon-ho wanted to underline the pressing danger of global warming by setting the year that CW-7 is dispersed as 2014.
Writer and director Bong Joon-ho said the fish scene was inspired by The Godfather (1972).