Saw Snowpiercer last night. Why did no one tell me Jamie Bell was in this? Everyone was all “Chris Evans, Captain America, OMG” and I’m all “holy shit it’s Jamie fucking Bell I think I love this movie already!”
However, somewhere in the middle of the movie it sort of…stopped making sense. Like, I started trying to figure out how things would work. And it’s not like I nitpick every movie — I didn’t sit around dissecting Pacific Rim and that movie is a complete hot mess of plot holes and scientific inaccuracies. But you know, POW BAM SMASH.
So, SPOILERS for those who don’t have “Snowpiercer spoilers” in Tumblr Savior or are mobile or whatever:
When I watch the movie again I’m going to have to count the number of cars we see on the outside versus the number we see on the inside, because maybe that’ll answer some of my questions.
- Mason mentions that there are three classes on the train: first class, economy, and the “freeloaders.” So who are the economy passengers? Are they the workers/staff on the train? That’s the only answer that makes sense to me, but we see way more workers than we see accommodations for them so I was confused because there was no palpable shift between steerage/economy/first class.
- What do the economy passengers eat?
- For that matter, where do the first class passengers live? We pass a series of luxury cabins but they seemed to be in use for commercial establishments, not as living quarters.
- Where the hell is all the meat coming from? One of the cars appears to be some sort of meat locker, but not enough to feed all of the passengers in first class. There’s no room on that train to keep live cattle or even chickens.
- If the workers are the economy passengers, we don’t actually see any worker children or places to rear those children, which means they don’t have any way to replenish the labor supply without drawing from either indoctrinated first class passengers or rebellious tail passengers, neither of which seems like a good solution. We do see them drawing some labor from the tail — the guy working in the food processing plant, and the violinist — but on a mass scale they couldn’t sustain the caste system in this fashion.
- What was their plan as skilled workers aged out of the workforce? I don’t see any universities or training centers. Maybe they had an apprenticeship system going?
- What’s the point of keeping criminals on ice? Were they ever planning to defrost them? It seems like an enormous waste of resources; I can only assume they kept them around because they had necessary skills.
- The order of the cars made no god damned sense. Putting the school all the way at the back of the luxury section literally means that people were walking back and forth down the middle of the schoolroom all the time. Or putting the pool and sauna between the restaurant and the freakin’ dance club.
- How much time passed over the course of the movie? It’s long enough that Andrew’s arm has time to heal, and that his kid forgot who he was, but the movie only gives you an impression of days, not weeks or months.
- If the induced winter was cold enough to completely destroy life on earth (except tardigrades I’m sure), then where did that polar bear come from? Just because polar bears are insulated from the cold, it doesn’t make them impervious to it. Also, what about all the other animals on earth? Do we just have polar bears and penguins forever and ever?
Don’t misunderstand me, I liked the movie. It’s just.. it’s just… what the fuck.