A post-apocalyptic ice age forces humanity's last survivors aboard a globe-spanning supertrain. One man (Chris Evans) will risk everything to lead a revolt for control of the engine and the future of the world.
This movie mainly appealed to me because of the environment; a post-apocalyptic ice age due to climate change. As a person who recognises the potential damage that climate disruptions can incur upon the world, I was intrigued to see how it would be portrayed in the film.
If you ignore a lot of the "science" of the film, and just take on the general themes then it is a great film. Cut off from the rest of the world because of an unfortunate and devastating attempt to curb soaring global temperatures, the "world" becomes the train. Nothing but the train. But even within a train, there are clear distinctions in class, wealth, and privileges. The train becomes an active metaphor for western society.
As the film progresses, the story becomes more than a rebellion against oppressors, and becomes a fight for sustainability and stability. The movie- already dark and gritty by the surrounding -becomes sombre and morose, as more of the story becomes revealed. Chris Evans was a surprise casting choice for me, considering his rather well known portrayal of Captain America in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and yet he pulls it off rather well, soon losing the clean look and becoming just another character. You will be in for quite the surprise when he tells you of what he found "taste the best" on the train.
It is more of an action film than sci-fi, as a lot of what occurs is not far off from what would be achievable. But I love the darkness of it all. This train is made of many carriages that the privileged and wealthy have been able to enjoy, but what is sacrificed in order to make it so, is the true mark of a great story.
It ended with a bit of an anticlimax in my opinion. I was hoping for more, or for less. But that is what makes this film what it is. It is neither optimistic or pessimistic; it is real.
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