Movie Monday: Snowpiercer (2013)

Starring: Chris Evans as Curtis, Song Kang Ho as Namgoong Minsoo, Ed Harris as Wilford, John Hurt as Gilliam, Tilda Swinton as Mason, Jamie Bell as Edgar, Octavia Spencer as Tanya, and Ko Asung as Yona

Rating: R, subject matter and violence

Running Time: 126 min

Twinkies: 3 1/2 stars

Synopsis: Set in 2031, the entire world is frozen except for those aboard the Snowpiercer. For 17 years, the world’s survivors are on a train hurtling around the globe creating their own economy and class system. Led by Curtis, a group of lower-class citizens living in squalor at the back of the train are determined to get to the front of the train and spread the wealth around. Each section of the train holds new surprises for the group who have to battle their way through. A revolution is underway.

Musings: I know you are wondering, “Why are we doing a US Movie for Movie Monday?” Well, the simple answer would be our fearless leader wondered why I hadn’t reviewed it yet. A second reason is this is the first introduction of a joint US/South Korean production featuring a fairly new South Korean director by the name of Bong Joon-ho who has brought us movies like “Mother”, “The Host” but most especially “Memories of Murder”.

Like most post-apocalyptic movies, they tend to be short on the explanation of what caused the previous events. This might be my only complaint about the movie. Granted, it was already over 2 hours long but a little more detail was missing that really should have been there. Even though, this detail was scattered throughout the movie, I still felt there were some holes that should have been filled like “How were the people selected to be saved?” “Did the rich pay for the privilege of being on the train?” “Did Wilford create his Train Ark ahead of the disaster?” I know. A lot of people probably didn’t care about such things but I am such a stickler for details that I felt the loss in the story.

However, when it comes to the acting, I have nothing but praise. I loved how all of the women in the movie displayed a strength that you don’t usually see. From Mason to Yona, all of the women could and did hold their own under the circumstances. I even liked how they accommodated the fact that Song Kang Ho’s character didn’t speak English but somehow they were able to understand each other with the use of communication devices (again, a plot hole) which was surprising that the people in the last train compartment were even given that ability and with Yona who spoke perfect English (see Duet review).

Overall, the movie was pretty decent. Anyone sensitive to violence can skip this one too. Why? There is some seriously twisted scenes that even made me, a seasoned movie watcher of violent movies pause….the purging of passengers…the fight to the front through the tunnel…I could go on and on. I think we will see more and more of these collaborations in the future. We are already seeing it as several Korean movies have been made in the US and several more are in the works. Several actors are “crossing over to Hollywood” and their names are just as recognizable as other actors in the business (think Bae Doo Na). If they keep doing remakes, I might have to plan a month of compare/contrast for these movies. What do you think?

Trailer is available on YouTube Website only. The movie is not readily available for free but any pay site has it available; however, it is available on Netflix if you are a subscriber.

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Next month is the month for love…romance as I continue the vein of watching (or trying to watch) an assorted number of romance movies. So the search begins as I look for those that qualify and meet my stringent criteria for being 1: Interesting 2: Romantic. Any suggestions, let me know in the comments.

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