When the world governments finally get around to dealing with global warming, they shoot a chemical into the Earth's atmosphere with the hope of lowering the planet's temperature. It works only too well by freezing the planet surface and destroying most life under a thick layer of ice. However, the remnants of humanity managed to board a train called the Snowpiercer that endlessly circles the planet once every year thanks to the foresight of an inventor who was obsessed with trains.
Through the ensuing 18 years, the people segregated into two sections: those at the front of the train, living the high life, partying, and enjoying what the train has to offer; and those at the back end of the train, living in horrific conditions, filth, the air rife with the threat of violence. Fed up with the lives of his fellow passengers, Curtis sets in motion a plan to reach the engine of the train, and with a small crew treks from car to car to find some way to take over the train and hopefully to better the lives of the passengers at the back.
It's an amazing film with a great story that actually relies on the story and the actors rather than splashy, over-the-top CGI effects (like many of today's sci-fi fare). The movie has action, but the story that slowly reveals itself the farther Curtis travels is full of tear-jerker moments and a few unexpected twists. And it's chock full of great actors: Jonathan Hurt, Tilda Swinton, Ed Harris, Octavia Spencer, Jamie Bell, Song Kang-ho, and the scruffy, beard-clad Chris Evans as Curtis. If you can find it playing near you (or OnDemand), check it out!