Joon-ho Bong is one of the most interesting directors going right now. With Memories of Murder, The Host, Mother, and now Snowpiercer, he’s building a filmography of subtle, exciting, and thought provoking films. This is a name that guarantees a spot on my queue.
Snowpiercer, Bong’s first production with a primarily Western cast, stars Captain America’s Chris Evans as the leader of a rebellion on mankind’s last ark in an apocalyptic snowscape. Supporting cast members include John Hurt, Tilda Swinton, Ed Harris, and Alison Pill, as well as previous Bong collaborators Ah-sung Ko of The Host and the great Kang-ho Song of The Thirst.
Why throw all those names at you? To tell you that Joon-ho Bong is a serious cat. He’s someone with whom people want to work.
Snowpiercer’s a great example of why. This is a carefully written, fully realized film that works as an action adventure, a social parable, and even something of a whodunit. It features memorable performances, brilliant setpieces, and dialogue that provokes thought without ever drawing the viewer out of the film.
This is just a terrific movie, and well worth your time. Fire up Snowpiercer.