Snowpiercer: Review

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By Rosalynn Try-Hane.

From the minute the lights fade to the closing credits the audience is plunged into a bleak, desolate world of snow and ice where the last survivors of mankind are to be found on a train that perpetually travels the globe after the disastrous effects of global warming.

This is the South Korean director’s, Joon-ho Bong, first English language film after his much lauded ‘The Host’ and boy does he set the bar high!

We have some big names in this film: Chris Evans, John Hurt, Octavia Spencer and Tilda Swinton (unrecognizable and certain for an Oscar nod).  Joon-Ho pushes the actors to bring even more to each character and lets each one shine before deciding whether to let them live or die.

It’s a visually stunning film with an attention to detail on both a visual and auditory level as well as the accompanying social commentary about class and social mobility of the characters in the train.  There’s lots of action and stunts mixed in along with the suspense.  Beware Joon-Ho does like to show a fair amount of gore and blood so not a film for the faint hearted.

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You may not think that there could be another way to look at global warming without it being a disaster movie but Joon-Ho Bong proves there is with Snowpiercer.  Most of the Hollywood movies to date looked at the impending doom but never at the survivors or the aftermath.  If you are looking for a movie that deals with the possible aftermath of global warming in a sensible, non-sugar coated way then this is the movie to go and see.

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