14 June 2016

Snowpiercer

Snowpiercer 2013
Director: Joon-ho Bong
Based on book: no
Cast: Chris Evans, Jamie Bell, John Hurt, Tilda Swinton, Ed Harris, Octavia Spencer, Kang-ho Song, Ah-Sung Ko, Alison Pill
Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor in:
  • Chris Evans – Scott Pilgrim vs the World, Sunshine
  • Jamie Bell – Filth, Jane Eyre, The Eagle, Defiance, Hallam Foe, King Kong, Dear Wendy, Undertow, Billy Elliot
  • John Hurt – Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Merlin, Harry Potter, Melancholia, Brighton Rock,V for Vendetta, Manderlay, Dogville, Dead Man, Rob Roy, King Lear, The Elephant Man, Alien, I Claudius, A Man for All Seasons
  • Tilda Swinton – Moonrise Kingdom, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Burn after Reading, Michael Clayton, Broken Flowers, Young Adam, Adaption, The Beach, Orlando
  • Ed Harris – Gone Baby Gone, Copying Beethoven, A History of Violence, The Human Stain, The Hours, A Beautiful Mind, Pollack, Glengarry Glen Ross
  • Octavia Spencer – The Help, The Soloist, The Big Bang Theory, Dharma and Greg, Roswell, Being John Malkovich
  • Alison Pill – Scott Pilgrim vs the World, Milk, Dan in Real Life, Dear Wendy
Why? Jamie Bell, John Hurt, sci-fi
Seen:  10 June 2016      

       Another frozen world sci-fi film. We’ve seen some good. We’ve seen some very bad. With Jamie Bell and John Hurt and Tilda Swinton one expects quality.
       To lower global warming an artificial substance is introduced into the atmosphere. Oops.   They should have just stopped using fossil fuels. The whole world freezes. A few survive by boarding a train that never stops.
       Seventeen years pass. Most of the passengers are kept in concentration-camp like conditions, the guards are like Nazis. A rebellion is being planned by Curtis and young Edgar.
       There is a Kafkaesque atmosphere to this film, an eerie absurdity and awfulness. It’s hard to get into, not least because it’s dark and it’s hard to see what’s happening. Hal’s comment about an hour in: ‘This is really weird.’
       It comes off as just slightly pretentious but it’s a strong concept and artistically filmed. Often visually exciting it also becomes very gripping.
       It’s a serious attempt at intellectual humane sci-fi and it’s quite successful.

4 * of 5






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