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The train is powered by a perpetual motion machine that requires children to keep it functioning. Boiled down, we have a vehicle that contains all of humanity, runs on human sacrifice and breaking the laws of physics, and is surrounded by an accidental ice age.

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Try running that sentence by studio executives and see if they green light your spec script. But apply the same logic to any post-apocalyptic movie and trim the fat away from the reasoning behind it and you find that ultimately the genre itself is rather absurd — not because apocalypses themselves are irrational, but because our need to make humanity the focus of everything is.

Inevitably these movies, Snowpiecer included, center around a person or a family because we have to be made to care about the possible end of the species. We demand that our narratives focus on individual lives and tragedies because it is too difficult or too confusing to comprehend mass extinction. At the end of the movie, the only apparent survivors are a young woman and a boy who find a polar bear. The scene is brightly lit in white of the snow and it is treated as a happy ending with a suitably hopeful turn in the score.

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But think about what we are seeing. The two survivors cannot breed for at least a few years even if one allows for post-apocalyptic statutory rule bending and they are the last two humans anyway, meaning that the species is effectively extinct. We, as viewers, want and expect even our post-apocalyptic movies to come with happy endings. We want the family to be reunited, the unreasonably burly protagonist to be misogynistically rewarded with an attractive woman for his heroism, the human race to have that glimmer of survival hope which we can immediately assume is actually a guarantee of survival.


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And none of them hold up to even a moment of actual consideration. He does a good job of acting in this movie.

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He sells emotion very well, whether he is dealing with betrayal or guilt or determination. That compliment counts double if he was in on the Snowpiecer meta-commentary, but his character Curtis no more holds up to scrutiny than the idea that Yona and Timmy will befriend the hungry polar bear. The heroic leader of the rebellion and champion of the little people ate a baby. The moment of confession in the movie is played as highly emotional and even kind of liberating. But it still amounts to the movie having a laugh at its audience and its willingness to excuse.


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