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.