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Spoilers ahead, but possibly mangled by my poor brain's overwhelm in reaction to the movie.
The setup for the plot is incredibly elaborate, what with a train going around the world for years with a divided class structure inside and all that. For all this setup, you would expect some kind of message, but it instead becomes a mess with characters existing just to kill off each other, a Gambit Pileup, Double Reverse Quadruple Agent, clairvoyance, etc. The mess does not solidify; you're not left with any ideas or feelings, it just... ends.
It very much seems like a ten-episode series that got compressed into a movie, and I guess that that gives hope for the actual series, but I do not feel too compelled to check it out.
For all this setup, you would expect some kind of message
I dunno, the message seemed pretty clear to me. Attempts to take over an unjust society will just force maintenance of its inhumane structure, so the only way to be free of its poverty is to destroy it.
That does make sense. My problem might just be that I cannot decide whether the ending was supposed to be good or bad, and therefore whether this message is endorsed or only \"what happened\".
I think the main emotion of the ending is, even though their situation is left incredibly dire, \"at least they made it out of the damn train\" - that\'s cathartic enough. To put it more eloquently, I don\'t think it\'s meant to be a concrete message, but the closest one to one is: there may be a heavy price for freedom from tyrannical structures, but the sacrifice is 100% worth it. It\'s not a happy ending but it\'s cautiously optimistic. Tucker summed it up well too.
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