Thursday, January 22, 2015

Snowpiercer 2013


     This film is based on a French graphic novel La Transperceneige and is set in the year of 2031.  An experiment to turn around global warming has resulted in the entire world frozen in ice except for those aboard the Snowpiercer.  This is a train that has been traveling the world for 17 years without stopping.  What the people on the back of the train don’t know is that there is a class system.  When they revolt and break through the doors separating the train sections, they discover different layers of wealth and posh lifestyles.  They have been in crowded, dirty, miserable conditions with the same diet every day of protein bars.
     One of the things I don’t like about this film is the darkness and dirt of the first section that focuses on the lower level people at the back.  There is a lot of violence and cruelty in this film too.  Some of the actors are unrecognizable in their roles.  2* (I didn't like this movie)
126 min, Action directed by Joon-ho Bong with Chris Evans, Jamie Bell, Tilda Swinton, Ed Harris, John Hurt, Jamie Bell, Octavia Spencer, Ewne Bremner.

Note:  Imdb 7.0 out of 10, 95% critic 73% audience on Rotten Tomatoes, Roger Ebert 3 ½*.
Special Note:  There was a confrontation between distributor Harvey Weinstein and the director, Joon-ho Bong.  Harvey disliked the 126-minute version and he demanded removal of 20 minutes before release of the film.  Bong refused to change the cut and Weinstein slashed the distribution plan to limited release in select theaters only.

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