What makes us flock to Christopher Nolan's films with our phones out, Twitter's engine warm and idling, ready to send our judgement out into the void? What have we done to so miss the point of going to the movies?
In September, several things happened in quick succession: I got a new job. I got new glasses. I got into a workshop. I called my mom at seven in the morning and said, “I think I have to go to Belgium in a few weeks,” and she said, “Yeah, that makes sense.”
What makes Snowpiercer special is that in its intense linearity—both Bong Joon-ho's fast-paced direction and the literal one-way train the film is set on—the mechanisms of revolution, circular violence, and moral corruption can be seen in their essence.