I’ve never reviewed a movie on this blog, and it’s not something I plan on doing regularly, but there was something about this one that I just had to share.
I may love books, but what I really love are stories and imagination and that comes in so many forms: books, movies, TV, games, anime, manga, and even in art. So when I come across an amazing story, whatever its form, I’m going to have to talk about it.
The entire movie had a short story feeling to it, the kind of stories that examine the best and the worst in humanity in a new and interesting way. The premise is this: Human intervention in global warming freezes the world and the only people left are on a train that travels around the entire world in one year. The passengers are organized according to class, which leads to the usual tension that brings.
Now this is a seriously violent movie, and normally that’s a bit of a turn off for me, but there was something so captivating about the world building and the characters that I didn’t care. It was quirky and dark with an epic feeling to it. The fight scenes were amazing, but the thing that kept me so interested was the train itself and the journey through it. Each car contained a new surprise, and since my interest in so many things is driven purely by curiosity, I couldn’t wait to see what they would stumble upon next.
It was a really brilliant movie, in my humble opinion, and everything I love about storytelling. Definitely worth seeing.