An analysis of the movie snowpiercer

Snowpiercer sociological analysis

Despite the close quarters, Bong also comes up with a number of inventively-staged action sequences, the most memorable of which include a first-person look at a savage brawl in a completely dark car as seen through a pair of night-vision glasses and a visit to a classroom run by a teacher Alison Pill with an unexpected lesson plan. Seventeen years have passed since the world froze over, and various people tried raids and failed to overthrow the Powers That Be, none of them getting more than a few cars forward. Wilford goes on to explain that the balance can only be achieved by two ways: Either by natural selection or political manipulation. His final plea to Curtis is that he look beyond the gates—the doors that maintain the social hierarchy—to the one gate that matters, the gate to the outside. Still, the film juggles these ideas into a philosophically gratifying conclusion pregnant with meanings that reflect modern capitalistic society and to a greater extent the unfortunate patterns of the human race. If you have seen it and still wondering what exactly it was about, read on. The more we advance with them, the more we feel that the stakes are high for everyone involved in the conflict inside the train, and we also come to see that not every character is completely safe in this tumultuous situation as the movie ruthlessly rolling them on its unpredictable plot. The right way: Not taking this South Korean sci-fi post-apocalyptic thriller too seriously but seeing Big Themes that are if you look closely really there. The last safe haven is a train perpetually travelling across the surface of the earth, where the occupants live in either luxury or squalor, becoming metaphorically of our own world. The only survivors are the inhabitants of the Snowpiercer, a massive super-luxury train, powered by a perpetual-motion engine, that travels on a globe-spanning track. Yes, this is how Hollywood really works these days and no, I don't get it either. This is just one of the ways Bong Joon-ho suggests that this linearity is a false, limiting construct. And then everyone was eaten by polar bears. Um, no. Is survival a greater good above everything including morality?

Luckily, before all this happened, wealthy industrialist Wilford an inspired bit of casting that I dare not revealtaking several pages from Ayn Randconstructed a high-speed luxury train that can circle the globe without stopping or suffering the effects of the weather outside.

Perhaps this is arguing that contemporary society is so stuck in the current system that it would take a massive societal upheaval so as to make any sort of change to the social order.

I have admired Bong Joon-ho's works for many reasons, and one of them is the unpredictability of his choices. Is it worthwhile to be inhuman for the better chance of preserving humanity? This symbolises the class aggression on the part of the upper classes, as well as a conservative ideology.

While Bong Joon-ho was making "Snowpiercer," Kim Jee-woon made a pulpy B-action film with Arnold Schwarzenegger in " The Last Stand "and Park Chan-wook made a tense coming-of-age drama in " Stoker "which is as stylishly disturbing as his previous films.

Specifically, the film is critiquing the problems in the class system, and how it is inherently unjust. Eventually, Weinstein relented and kept the film at its full length but decided to instead slash its distribution plan to what the kids refer to as a "limited release," which means that unless it becomes a surprise smash warranting a bigger run, there is an excellent chance that many people will never even get the chance to see it on the big screen where it really needs to be viewed in order for it to have maximum impact.

Perhaps this parallels political debates within western society, as although each individual has freedom of vote, they do not have the power to make change on their own, and the masses are influences by those in strong positions of power within politics, religion, and the media.

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Had Snowpiercer been released in a larger format, the film could have been a major breakthrough for Bong; instead, its following will surely develop over time as the right audiences discover it and spread positive word-of-mouth. Furthermore, on the revolt making its way to the upper part of the train, the residents of this section also revolt, and try to kill their would-be usurpers.

Likewise, the film's final shot is impressive in the way that it suggests triumph and potential terror at the same time.

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Snowpiercer and Social Revolution