“Snowpiercer” or: Social stratification

Based on the graphic novel “Le Transperceneige” . The movie tells the story of Curtis Everett (Chris Evans, C.E.), a tail section inhabitant of an Noah’s ark-like train, that starts a revolution… You know what? The plot is very nice explained on Wikipedia:

“In 2014, an attempt to counteract global warming through climate engineering backfires catastrophically, unintentionally causing an ice age that extinguishes all life except the inhabitants of the Snowpiercer, a massive train powered by a perpetual motion engine that travels a circumnavigational track, created by the transportation magnate Wilford. By 2031, elites inhabit the extravagant front cars and the ‘scum’ inhabit the tail in squalid and brutal conditions. Under watch by Wilford’s guards, they are brought only gelatinous protein bars to eat and kept in their place in the social order by Minister Mason, while sometimes small children are taken away”


Gilliam, the old leader, is planning the revolution with help of an informant from the front car. Curtis realize that the guards don’t use bullets on the machine guns and starts the revolution. They just used theatrical fear. As Curtis is advancing to the main engine, he encounters more light and colors. This is not the same conditions. The middle class has windows, better food and clothes. They were the only that eat protein blocks instead of real food.


The faceless middle-low class has knives and axes to defeat them. The middle class workers are trying to establish their position against the low class. But they are also being controlled by Mason (this character is like a fascist Margaret Thatcher).

Once they win the battle, Curtis takes Mason and advance to the middle-upper class. They see the water system, agricultural system, maritime ecosystem; the government supply, not just security. And they get to the school, where Wilford’s system teach the kids how to worship the engine and himself. “Wilford is merciful”. Suddenly, a cart of boiled eggs has arrived and the bullets hidden inside signals a new attack. Curtis and the others run and we can see how the middle-upper class has even dental services. Saunas and even in the front car they have a DJ, alcohol and drugs.


The engine is here and Curtis meets Wilford. He reveals that all is part of a plan of Wilford and Gilliam, because they need to get overpopulation controlled. Wilford offers his job to Curtis now that he’s old. But he uses the taken kids to  maintain the infinite work of the engine. Curtis is now in the origin and understands his world. Curtis is in the source of The Matrix. They don’t wait for natural selection, they use war. Curtis sees the anthropic principle in this ecosystem and this universe.


This is a great movie that I just found on Netflix. Park Chan-wook is the producer but he’s famous for “The Vengeance Trilogy”. Maybe the CGI effects are not the best but the story worth it.

What do you think about social stratification?
Do you like the movie?

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