By the end of our earlier podcast about Park Chan-wook’s Thirst, we went off topic and talked about South Korean movies and one major filmmaker that came up was Bong Joon-ho. I recommended my mother to check all of his movies and particularly his first English speaking production Snowpiercer.

In general my mother does not watch Sci-Fi action, but in relation to South Korea it might be an interesting watch, and most importantly I wanted to know if she liked it. Because the fact is that I didn’t.

When I saw it in the theater it was more and more mediocre experience for me towards the end. But then I started to hear all the praises underlining it as a masterpiece. Ever since that I have been struggling with my view on the film. Should I just get over the overly simplistic thematic structure, obvious ending, praise the action and cinematography and just go with the universally agreed opinion? How to deal with being the one swimming upstream?

I hoped my mother could give me some advice on this, so we brought it up on our podcast, dived deep into the movie and searched for answers. Enjoy!

Spoilers: I think its safe to say that a lot of our discussion drives towards the end parts of the movie, so I would recommend you watch the movie first.

Timeline

  • [00:00] – Introduction to the movie and discussion
  • [05:45] – Liisa gives her opinion about it
  • [11:50] – The issue about suspense of disbelief
  • [19:50] – Good points
  • [24:25] – The moral story, revolution and human history
  • [35:15] – Defending Wilford and for whom the movie is for
  • [38:30] – The most interesting thing
  • [40:40] – About the Korean actors
  • [48:55] – Back to the original dilemma
  • [1:01:40] – The points

Movies we mention: