Snowpiercer (Preliminary Review)

The article I have included from Entertainment Weekly says it all. It is a dark, penetrating thriller with futuristic ramifications.

To begin with, Monica and I are about to leave on a 12-day trip on a cruise through the Greek Islands, ending up in Istanbul. If things continue to go left in the Middle East, I at least wanted to touch base with all of you with some last second movie thoughts.

SnowpiercerIn that regard, I have taken the liberty of attaching a portion of a spectacular review appearing in the July 4th issue of Entertainment Weekly concerning Snowpiercer. I hate to be that pedestrian, but it captures everything I really wanted to say about Snowpiercer.

First and foremost, I don’t have time to review it before leaving on our trip. As a result, I simply have to leave this with you to make sure you hunt it down. For reasons I will explain later, it has been released directly to cable along with a few movie theaters, and it is one of the most spectacular movies to be released this year by any definition.

Regardless, it is a movie that you cannot let escape your attention. It is both dark and creative, and it is a chilling adventure that you cannot resist.

Taking place in 2031, 17 years in the future, the world has been engulfed in a frigid temperature that has killed all life on our planet. In the process, the only remaining survivors appear on a lengthy train traveling the globe, which defines existence as we previously knew it.

The wealthy and elite live in style at the front of the train, while the pedestrian remnants known as the working class people live at the end. A battle erupts, and you quickly embrace it on both sides.

A number of recognizable stars command your attention, including Chris Evans from the Avengers movie, the incomparable Tilda Swinton and the Oscar Award-winning Octavia Spencer. It also stars Ed Harris, Jamie Bell and John Hurt, and you have to see this film even if you immediately rent it at home. Directed by the South Korean phenom Joon-ho Bong, it will prove to be a movie that you can’t forget.

I have discussed this film briefly with a few close friends who have seen it, and they were as intrigued as I concerning its meaning. In a sense, it’s almost like taking a train ride through Dante’s Inferno, though Hell might actually be more preferable.

I’ll review Snowpiercer in more detail when I get back from the Middle East, but enjoy it while it is available.