Somehow or another, Snowpiercer didn't hit my radar until recently. Film critic Scott Weinberg tweeted about it, and some friends sat me down to watch a trailer that had me itching to get to theaters. Snowpiercer is a science fiction action film with a sprinkling of horror that's based on a French graphic novel. Directed by Bong Joon-ho, it was released in South Korea in 2013 but only made its way to the United States in June 2014. Even then, it was only released in a few locations. Snowpiercer has spread to more and more theaters, and if you can find it playing near you and can go and support it, I highly encourage you to do so because it is completely worth it.
Snowpiercer isn't a cheerful movie. It's bleak, hard-hitting, and paints a scary portrait of a world that could one do be ours - at least in parts. However, it's compelling, beautifully told, and one hell of a science fiction story. To make the package even better, the film stars the likes of Chris Evans, John Hurt, Tilda Swinton, and Ed Harris. The trailer explains the basics of the plot:
If you can't get to a theater, you're in luck because Snowpiercer is already available digitally on Amazon and iTunes. Set aside two hours and fork over $7 to watch it or $15 to purchase it. I don't think you'll regret it, and you'll be supporting fine filmmaking.