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Issue: Winter, 2014

Snowpiercer (2013) movie review

Post-Apocalyptic Flight

Snowpiercer is a wonder - exhilarating and confronting, a fast paced, action-packed thinking person's film and a vast metaphor for the times we now live in - 'the sweet and the swill', as George Turner memorably coined in his great novel, The Sea And Summer.

If some viewers find themselves a mite bewildered and don't get the message, it's rammed in their faces near the end to make sure they do - the right actor in the right scene at the right time - and the final image is one of those great moments in cinema you are unlikely to forget.

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Movie poster, Snowpiercer

No Hollywood studio would have financed this film and it's success must be attributed to the collaboration between the French authors of the original graphic novel and the visionary Korean director Bon Joon Ho (Oldboy) The cast is splendid - Chris Evans minus his Captain America fancy dress, Tilda Swinton, John Hurt, Jamie Bell and the rest of the huge multi-lingual multi-racial cast ensure that you CARE about the characters they portray, and while there are scenes of violent confrontation - especially the first, in the early part of the film - they are shot and edited in non-gratuitous, fast montage sounds and shadows.

This film is a work of art and superb entertainment, light years away from the super hero schlock that clogs the multiplexes, but it's having a limited release - only at the Nova in Melbourne - so see it NOW.

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by Lee Harding
Australian release Jul 24, 2014
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Title: Snowpiercer (2013)
Written by: Joon-ho Bong & Kelly Masterson (screenplay)
Based on Le Transperceneige by Jacques Lob & Benjamin Legrand & Jean-Marc Rochette
Directed by: Joon-ho Bong
Running time: mins

The Players: Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, Ed Harris, John Hurt, Jamie Bell, Kang-ho Song

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