In a not so distant future, humans attempt to release a certain chemical in the atmosphere to help regulate the drastically rising global temperature. Thanks to this, the world freezes, and all that's left of humanity are a group of passengers trapped on a train, a 'shaky ark' that runs along a set of surprisingly well-preserved rails around the world. The passengers are divided up into different classes, and our story starts with the ones worse off, those located on the foot section of the train. A revolution's brewing - a revolution to take over the engine, and so: what starts as a fairly hopeful reckoning quickly spirals out of control in search for control.
In the end they're all still trapped aboard the train, they're all prisoners, and as the engine master tells: it requires a certain amount of insanity to live - trapped aboard a train like this - and still find a reason to keep going. It's an inspiring movie at times, at many times rather hopeless, at times violent and pointless, at times philosophic, at times not so easy to understand (Kang-ho Song only speaks Korean) and we learn more about the characters as the movie progresses; exactly how far they're willing to go. In the end they are faced with the ultimate choice and sacrifice... it's one long ride, one big adventure through uncharted areas in a new form of future dystopia. The visual effects are great, the actors aren't bad, the movie... was pretty unique. It makes me think of The Raid Redemption and Equilibrium a bit, but it's something new. Good watch.
rated 4/5: fo shizzle