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** The film shares a '''lot''' amount of similarities to the first ''VideoGame/BioShock1'' game. The class division, a protagonist with a shadowy past, Wilford's egocentric propaganda, [[spoiler:children being brainwashed to serve the society]] - [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1utJKkMEXE it's all there.]] Some fans even go on calling this film "''VideoGame/BioShock'' as directed by Creator/TerryGilliam". It even serves as a better example of its [[UsefulNotes/{{Objectivism}} Objectivist]] themes than ''[=BioShock=]''. [[spoiler:Wilford and Gilliam are ''working together to maintain the train'', with Wilford a fascist tyrant who preaches that salvation comes from serving him and Gilliam a socialist tyrant who preaches that salvation comes from serving each other, at his command.]]

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** The film shares a '''lot''' amount of similarities to the first ''VideoGame/BioShock1'' game. The class division, a protagonist with a shadowy past, Wilford's egocentric propaganda, [[spoiler:children being brainwashed to serve the society]] - -- [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1utJKkMEXE it's all there.]] Some fans even go on calling this film "''VideoGame/BioShock'' as directed by Creator/TerryGilliam". It even serves as a better example of its Furthermore, while ''[=BioShock=]'' sought to {{deconstruct|ion}} the [[UsefulNotes/{{Objectivism}} Objectivist]] themes than ''[=BioShock=]''. [[spoiler:Wilford and Gilliam are ''working together to maintain of Creator/AynRand's ''Literature/AtlasShrugged'', one could see the train'', with villains here as the kind of bad guys that Rand herself could have written. Wilford is a fascist tyrant who preaches that salvation comes from serving him and Gilliam him, [[spoiler:Gilliam is a socialist tyrant who preaches that salvation comes from serving each other, at other (at his command.command, of course), and the two of them are ''[[NotSoDifferent working together]]'' to maintain the train and its oppressive system.]]


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* SpiritualLicensee: The film shares a '''lot''' amount of similarities to the first ''VideoGame/BioShock'' game. The class division, a protagonist with a shadowy past, Wilford's egocentric propaganda, [[spoiler:children being brainwashed to serve the society]] - [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1utJKkMEXE it's all there.]] Some fans even go on calling this film "''VideoGame/BioShock'' as directed by Creator/TerryGilliam".
** It even serves as a better example of its [[UsefulNotes/{{Objectivism}} Objectivist]] themes than ''Bioshock'' - especially as [[spoiler:Wilford and Gilliam are ''working together to maintain the train''; Wilford is a fascistic tyrant who preaches that salvation comes from serving him, Gilliam is a socialist tyrant who preaches that salvation comes from serving each other - at his command]].

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The film shares a '''lot''' amount of similarities to the first ''VideoGame/BioShock'' ''VideoGame/BioShock1'' game. The class division, a protagonist with a shadowy past, Wilford's egocentric propaganda, [[spoiler:children being brainwashed to serve the society]] - [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1utJKkMEXE it's all there.]] Some fans even go on calling this film "''VideoGame/BioShock'' as directed by Creator/TerryGilliam".
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Creator/TerryGilliam". It even serves as a better example of its [[UsefulNotes/{{Objectivism}} Objectivist]] themes than ''Bioshock'' - especially as ''[=BioShock=]''. [[spoiler:Wilford and Gilliam are ''working together to maintain the train''; train'', with Wilford is a fascistic fascist tyrant who preaches that salvation comes from serving him, him and Gilliam is a socialist tyrant who preaches that salvation comes from serving each other - other, at his command]].command.]]
** A popular fan theory also describes it as a sequel to ''Literature/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'' way darker than anything Creator/RoaldDahl ever wrote, with Wilford as a grown-up Charlie Bucket after Willy Wonka (or should it be, ''Wilford'' Wonka?) left him his business empire. The film even uses "Pure Imagination" in the score, as if to acknowledge the similarities between Wilford and Willy.


* HilariousInHindsight: During the classroom scene, when they get to the part of the propaganda video on Wilford's backstory where his childhood self talks about how he wants to live on a train forever, the children all scream out "forever!" and perform a gesture that looks an awful lot like [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dab_(dance) dabbing.]] While that gesture has its roots in {{anime}} and ''Series/SuperSentai'', it only caught on in the West in 2014, the year after this film was released.

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* HilariousInHindsight: During the classroom scene, when they get to the part of the propaganda video on Wilford's backstory where his childhood self talks about how he wants to live on a train forever, the children all scream out "forever!" and perform a gesture that looks an awful lot like [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dab_(dance) dabbing.]] While that gesture has its roots in {{anime}} and ''Series/SuperSentai'', ''Franchise/SuperSentai'', it only caught on in the West in 2014, the year after this film was released.

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* HilariousInHindsight: During the classroom scene, when they get to the part of the propaganda video on Wilford's backstory where his childhood self talks about how he wants to live on a train forever, the children all scream out "forever!" and perform a gesture that looks an awful lot like [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dab_(dance) dabbing.]] While that gesture has its roots in {{anime}} and ''Series/SuperSentai'', it only caught on in the West in 2014, the year after this film was released.


** The [[GreenAesop delicate balance of the train's life support]] is referred to ''constantly'' as the reason for the abuse heaped upon the tail-sectioners, though critics usually ignore this in favor of condemning the tyranny du jour. Thus, the alternate theme of Snowpiercer could be, "Find a way for people to [[IWantMyJetpack immigrate to space]], or wind up having to [[TheNeedsOfTheMany sacrifice people to keep the human race alive]]."

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** The [[GreenAesop delicate balance of the train's life support]] is referred to ''constantly'' as the reason for [[TheNeedsOfTheMany the abuse heaped upon the tail-sectioners, tail-sectioners]], though critics usually ignore this in favor of condemning the tyranny du jour. Thus, This makes most {{Green Aesop}}s kind of horrifying, as they often boil down to, "The place is more important than happiness, well-being or lives of the alternate theme of Snowpiercer could be, "Find a way for people to [[IWantMyJetpack immigrate to space]], or wind up having to [[TheNeedsOfTheMany sacrifice people to keep the human race alive]].who live there." Especially since [[spoiler:the train is destroyed in the ending; if the place demands dehumanizing sacrifices of humans, ''it '''should''' be destroyed!'']]


* AwardSnub: Received no [[UsefulNotes/AcademyAward Academy-Award]] nominations or Golden Globes despite it being critically acclaimed and named by some as one of the best films of the year, though Tilda Swinton did receive some recognition for her work as Mason. Somewhat justified though as it was released in Korea in 2013, making it ineligible for the Oscars though it did get a 2014 release in the States.

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* AwardSnub: Received no [[UsefulNotes/AcademyAward Academy-Award]] nominations or Golden Globes despite it being critically acclaimed and named by some as one of the best films of the year, though Tilda Swinton Creator/TildaSwinton did receive some recognition for her work as Mason. Somewhat justified though as it was released in Korea in 2013, making it ineligible for the Oscars though it did get a 2014 release in the States.



* PyrrhicVictory: Sure, [[spoiler: Curtis managed to derail the Snowpiercer and end the cycle of tyrannyÖhe just had to die and kill pretty much everyone else on the train.]] Not exactly a sunshine-and-rainbows movie.
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** Watch the movie again [[spoiler: with the revelation that Curtis killed Edgar's mom.]] It really puts their interaction in a new light.
** Or with the knowledge that [[spoiler: Gilliam worked with Wilford to create revolts from time to time.]]



* SpiritualSuccessor: According to [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jEX52h1TvuA this]] video, there are similarites between this and [[Film/WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory.]]

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* SpiritualSuccessor: According to [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jEX52h1TvuA this]] video, there are similarites between this and [[Film/WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory.]]


* SugarWiki/HeReallyCanAct: Most of the cast got this reaction but especially Creator/ChrisEvans, Song Kang-ho and Creator/EdHarris, with Harris being downright terrifying in the few scenes he's in.

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* SugarWiki/HeReallyCanAct: Most of the cast got this reaction but especially Creator/ChrisEvans, Creator/ChrisEvans and Song Kang-ho and Creator/EdHarris, with Harris being downright terrifying in the few scenes he's in.Kang-ho.


* HeReallyCanAct: Most of the cast got this reaction but especially Creator/ChrisEvans, Song Kang-ho and Creator/EdHarris, with Harris being downright terrifying in the few scenes he's in.

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* HeReallyCanAct: SugarWiki/HeReallyCanAct: Most of the cast got this reaction but especially Creator/ChrisEvans, Song Kang-ho and Creator/EdHarris, with Harris being downright terrifying in the few scenes he's in.


** The [[GreenAesop delicate balance of the train's life support]] is referred to ''constantly'' as the reason for the abuse heaped upon the tail-sectioners, though critics usually ignore this in favor of condemning the tyranny du jour. Thus, the alternate theme of Snowpiercer could be, "Find a way for people to [[IWantMyJetpack immigrate to space]], or wind up having to [[TheNeedsOfTheMany sacrifice people to keep the human race alive]]." It also makes most {{Green Aesop}}s kind of horrifying, as they often boil down to, "The place is more important than happiness, well-being or lives of the people who live there."

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** The [[GreenAesop delicate balance of the train's life support]] is referred to ''constantly'' as the reason for the abuse heaped upon the tail-sectioners, though critics usually ignore this in favor of condemning the tyranny du jour. Thus, the alternate theme of Snowpiercer could be, "Find a way for people to [[IWantMyJetpack immigrate to space]], or wind up having to [[TheNeedsOfTheMany sacrifice people to keep the human race alive]]." It also makes most {{Green Aesop}}s kind of horrifying, as they often boil down to, "The place is more important than happiness, well-being or lives of the people who live there."


* CompleteMonster: [[BigBad Wilford]] is a [[ItsAllAboutMe selfish]] and megalomaniacal [[TheSocialDarwinist social Darwinist]] who seeks total control over whatís left of mankind. Despite knowing the risks of using CW-7 to combat global warming, Wilford doesnít bother doing anything about it and instead takes advantage of it to design and create [[TitleDrop the Snowpiercer]]. When [[CoolTrain the train]] begins its trip, he tries starving out stowaways inside the tail section of his train, forcing them to [[ImAHumanitarian resort to cannibalism]]. For the next 18 years, Wilford installs a caste system where the poor inhabit the tail section and the elite inhabit the front. The poor are frequently tortured, [[spoiler:force-fed bars that are [[IAteWhat made out]] of [[{{Squick}} cockroaches]]]], bullied by psychos such as Wilfordís [[TheDragon Dragon]], [[SinisterMinister Mason]], and occasionally have their children abducted. The front section cannot escape Wilfordís iron fist either, as their kids are brainwashed with propaganda promoting a [[CultOfPersonality cult of personality]] that [[AGodAmI treats him as a living god]] and as a savior of humanity. As Curtis Everett learned the hard way, Wilford will also not hesitate to meddle with facts and pull {{breaking lecture}}s on his victims. Wilford tells Curtis that [[spoiler:revolutions in the tail were pre-planned by him and his [[TheMole mole]] Gilliam to keep the tail section population in check, only then to reveal that Wilford had no problems [[YouHaveFailedMe ordering his friendís execution for failing to control Curtisís rebellion]]]]. Wilford then spites Curtis by "tallying up the numbers," by which he means ordering a henchman to kill 74 percent of people in the tail section (less 18) and putting the ensuing massacre on speakerphone. [[spoiler:When Yona pulls up the floor to reveal Timmy, a [[WouldHurtAChild 5-year-old boy]], being used as slave labor to replace the trainís parts, Wilford declares that children under 5 are "[[PoweredByAForsakenChild parts of an engine]]." He then calls Timmy "a replacement" and thanks the tail section for having a "steady supply of kids."]]

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* CompleteMonster: The Snowpiercer's creator, [[BigBad Wilford]] Wilford]], is a [[ItsAllAboutMe selfish]] and megalomaniacal [[TheSocialDarwinist social Darwinist]] [[AGodAmI selfish megalomaniac]] who seeks total wishes to control over whatís left the remnants of mankind. Despite knowing the risks of using CW-7 to combat Combating global warming, warming with a risky procedure that ends up freezing the world over, Wilford doesnít bother doing anything about it and instead takes advantage of it to design and create [[TitleDrop the Snowpiercer]]. When [[CoolTrain catastrophe to seemingly save mankind with the train]] begins its trip, he titular ever-running train. Creating a caste system, Wilford tries starving out stowaways inside to starve the impoverished people at the tail section end of his the train, forcing resulting in them having to [[ImAHumanitarian resort to cannibalism]]. For cannibalism to survive. Under his iron-fisted authority, the next 18 years, Wilford installs a caste system where upper-class of the poor inhabit the tail section and the elite inhabit the front. The poor are frequently tortured, [[spoiler:force-fed bars that are [[IAteWhat made out]] of [[{{Squick}} cockroaches]]]], bullied by psychos such as Wilfordís [[TheDragon Dragon]], [[SinisterMinister Mason]], and occasionally trains have their children abducted. The front section cannot escape Wilfordís iron fist either, as their kids are brainwashed with propaganda promoting a [[CultOfPersonality cult of personality]] that [[AGodAmI treats educated to worship him as a living god]] godlike figure, and as a savior of humanity. As Curtis Everett learned he continues to mistreat the hard way, Wilford will also not hesitate to meddle with facts and pull {{breaking lecture}}s on his victims. Wilford tells Curtis that [[spoiler:revolutions in lower-class people of the tail were pre-planned by him and his [[TheMole mole]] Gilliam to train's rear-end, feeding them disgusting bars made from cockroaches. To keep the tail section population in check, only then to reveal that tail-enders under his control, Wilford had no problems [[YouHaveFailedMe ordering uses his friendís execution mole, Gilliam, to occasionally organize riots doomed to fail, ostensibly to let them purge their anger and costing many of them their lives. When Curtis tries to incite his own rebellion against Wilford, Wilford has Gilliam killed for failing to control Curtisís rebellion]]]]. Wilford then spites Curtis by "tallying up stop him and orders a massacre of the numbers," by which he means ordering a henchman to kill 74 percent of people in the tail section (less 18) and tail-enders, putting the ensuing massacre slaughter on speakerphone. [[spoiler:When Yona pulls up the floor speakerphone to reveal Timmy, a [[WouldHurtAChild 5-year-old boy]], being used as slave labor mock Curtis. Revealed to replace the trainís parts, Wilford declares that [[PoweredByAForsakenChild run his train with children under 5 are "[[PoweredByAForsakenChild parts of an engine]]." He then calls Timmy "a replacement" and thanks in the tail section for having engine]], Wilford is a "steady supply of kids."]]callous man with a god-complex, who only saved humanity at all to create a cult where he could feel adored as a messiah.


* LoveItOrHateIt: Got rave reviews from critics and fans, while others found it overlong and pretentious.


* DeathOfTheAuthor: It's been [[http://bangalay4.rssing.com/browser.php?indx=3542699&item=6588 argued]] that Bong Joon-Ho wasn't making a film about class warfare, but about tyranny itself; maintaining the train - both its life support and its rigid caste system - demands that everyone aboard make inherently dehumanizing sacrifices. The tailenders obviously get the worst of it (living in squalor and eating gel bars [[spoiler:made from ground-up cockroaches]]), but the frontenders also have no freedom as the system permits no growth or change [[spoiler:and when the population climbs too high, they are sacrificed just as callously as the tailenders in Wilford and Gilliam's revolution]]. Wilford cannot risk interacting with the population, as they have come to see him as a divine figure - breaking the illusion risks the system breaking down. The frontenders are as dependent on the tailenders for survival as the tailenders are on the frontenders - and the architects of the revolution are the least free of all. Unless everyone is free, no-one is.

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* DeathOfTheAuthor: It's been [[http://bangalay4.rssing.com/browser.php?indx=3542699&item=6588 [[http://thekoreanforeigner.blogspot.com/2013/08/the-philsophy-of-snowpiercer.html argued]] that Bong Joon-Ho wasn't making a film about class warfare, but about tyranny itself; maintaining the train - both its life support and its rigid caste system - demands that everyone aboard make inherently dehumanizing sacrifices. The tailenders obviously get the worst of it (living in squalor and eating gel bars [[spoiler:made from ground-up cockroaches]]), but the frontenders also have no freedom as the system permits no growth or change [[spoiler:and when the population climbs too high, they are sacrificed just as callously as the tailenders in Wilford and Gilliam's revolution]]. Wilford cannot risk interacting with the population, as they have come to see him as a divine figure - breaking the illusion risks the system breaking down. The frontenders are as dependent on the tailenders for survival as the tailenders are on the frontenders - and the architects of the revolution are the least free of all. Unless everyone is free, no-one is.


* JustForFun/XMeetsY: Some people has described this film as "''Literature/AnimalFarm'' on a train"

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* JustForFun/XMeetsY: Some people has described this film as "''Literature/AnimalFarm'' on a train"----

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