Saw SNOWPIERCER yesterday - it was incredibly well made and I loved it while I was watching it (although the violence was more visceral, and therefore more upsetting, than I was expecting). The performances were spectacular and the world inside the train was compelling, plus I loved the theme that the weak cannot be protected from the cruel without tremendous personal sacrifice (usually in the form of literally losing a limb).
However, there were a few moments that were so ridiculous that I was taken right out of the movie (the train plowing through thick ice, Curtis being repulsed by the discovery that the protein bars were made from bugs, Curtis shooting through the life-saving glass of the train at the crazy killer, etc.). More than that, though, I disliked the dichotomy between Wilford’s world view and Curtis’, as the movie seemed to imply that Wilford’s beliefs that people are inherently cruel without leaders, that the population must be culled on a regular basis, etc. were an awful but coldly logical way of viewing and ruling a human population, rather than the absurd insanity that it is. There’s absolutely no reason to regularly cull a population when you could just give the Tail-enders whatever birth control the wealthy people use - or, if you think the Tail-enders are too disgusting/subhuman to deserve such healthcare, just sterilize a certain percentage of them! It’s been done! Unless, of course, you just enjoy chaos and bloodshed because you’re a crazy person, in which case Wilfred’s behavior would make sense, but the movie narrative seems to frame him as more of an evil genius than a wacko, which is obnoxious.
That said, I loved the very end, where the cruelty of the train is forever ended and two children have been saved from it, only to face almost certain death on the tundra - but then again, maybe not, since the existence of a polar bear shows that not everything on earth died out, so what else were people lied to about on the train?