Snowpiercer (2014)

Throughout the movie there were a number of scenes that I could point to specifically and comment on, but one in particular that stood out was the one where Curtis talks about how “Babies Taste Best”.

 

There is obviously a lot of to comment on in terms of the gap of inequality that is occurring on the mega-train transporting the last surviving people around the Earth, but to me, this scene stands out for a number of reasons.

Firstly, the tail-enders have had to resort to cannibalism to survive.  While they had been fed gelatinous protein bars made of insects, it simply wasn’t enough to sustain them.  Again, it is obvious what Curtis is saying is awful, but where the scene gets its power is from Chris Evans’ ability to convey that to Namgoong.   Throughout the movie I gathered there was a specific theme to it.  There was an absolute indoctrination of the upper class on the train that made them feel okay with the way they were treating the tail-enders.  This movie was also Korean produced, and the parallels I am drawing to North Korea in this are plenty; from the wealth of the high class, to the destitution of the tail-enders, to the mechanical nature of the world they live in, and finally to the way with which the people revere Wilford.  It’s all reminiscent of a despotism that exists merely across  the border of the movie’s producers.  I found these connections to be a direct commentary on the current world and found it incredibly interesting that they were able to employ such themes in the movie that is entirely set on a massive train.

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2 thoughts on “Snowpiercer (2014)

  1. I find the similarities you pointe out between reality and the society portrayed in the film to be very interesting. In particular the indoctrination aspect. I thought that the moment that demonstrates this aspect in particular was when the children sang the song praising Wilford and professing the belief that the engine would never stop running. While this is very similar to what we know of the brainwashing processes of North Korea, I couldn’t help but be reminded of the Pledge of Allegiance that is required to be said every morning before classes begin in elementary schools in the US. While it became a habit, and many don’t really pay attention to what their actually saying, it is effectively pledging one’s loyalty to a government. Despite the serious implications of such an oath it was never really explained what we were saying and what the purpose of saying it actually was. The fact that children are made to say this pledge, and not college students for example, is also an interesting aspect of this tradition amongst the school systems of the US. One that has some rather unsettling conotations if portrayed in a certain light.

    -Justin Wright

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  2. This scene reminded me of how Gilliam was talking to Curtis about how Edgar adores Curtis, and Curtis blatantly responded back with “Well, he shouldn’t”. I believe that this scene was foreshadowing how how Curtis did something awful or something that involves Edgar in a negative light, which in the scene discussed in your blog reveals how Curtis killed his mother. This explains why Curtis feels the need to protect and keep Edgar close like family since he did kill his mother. However, he does prioritize the welfare of all the tails people over Edgar as a single person, which portrays him even better as a leader even though he claims that he really is not one. I think that this scene also shows why he feels that he does not deserve to be a leader, even though he clearly was clearly a huge factor behind the destruction of the train and humans going outside of it, because he was also the cause of mass chaos and cannibalism in the beginning of the train. This shows how he is unable to let go of his past and how he lets his mistakes define who he is as a person.

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