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Review: 'Snowpiercer'
Chicago Tribune ^ | 7-2-2014 | Betsy Sharkey

Posted on 07/13/2014 11:31:20 PM PDT by Citizen Zed

The movie takes place in a new ice age brought on by global environmental abuse. Only a few hundred souls remain, and survival is very much at stake. Still, humans bring along the same old emotional baggage. Social class, economic disparity, power, loyalty and petty jealousies play out with a fury that comes from being imprisoned by circumstance. This is year 17 on the train. A generation has never lived anywhere else.

Lest that sound too dismal, buried inside the action is a story of hope hard won. It rests with one rebel, Curtis (Evans), a resident of the slums that have sprung up in the freight cars at the back of the train. The driving force is fairly simple: Curtis sets out for the engine with the idea of overtaking the Snowpiercer's power-source, both human and mechanical. Evans, channeling a dark mood and an unstoppable determination, becomes the film's all-important glue.

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Anyone else see this crazy movie? A literal train wreck you can't stop watching.
1 posted on 07/13/2014 11:31:20 PM PDT by Citizen Zed
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To: Citizen Zed

Another product of ‘Administration outreach” to Hollywood to include ‘climate change themes’.

Incrementalism and repetition folks. No matter haw stupid the package.


3 posted on 07/13/2014 11:40:25 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart (How's that 'lesser evil' workin' out for ya?)
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To: Citizen Zed

Soooooul Train meets Sharknado? Cool!


4 posted on 07/13/2014 11:43:31 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: all armed conservatives)
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To: Citizen Zed
"Evans, channeling a dark mood and an unstoppable determination, becomes the film's all-important glue."


5 posted on 07/13/2014 11:51:07 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: Citizen Zed

this trope has been done before. Saw something similar on the Starz channel and the Syfy channel


6 posted on 07/13/2014 11:56:39 PM PDT by RginTN
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To: RginTN

Bradley Cooper in “Hangover On The Midnight Meat Train”?


7 posted on 07/14/2014 12:09:14 AM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: all armed conservatives)
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To: tumblindice

Not that one. The title was shorter and on the Starz channel cannibalism was part of the plot


8 posted on 07/14/2014 12:19:02 AM PDT by RginTN
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To: Citizen Zed

Saw it. Rich guys are scum. Poor guys are saints. Typical liberal crap. Apart from that not a bad movie. Not a good movie, either. I’d give it three out of five stars. IMHO, there is no way it deserves a 92% rating, which it was getting on Rotten Tomatoes when I looked last night.


9 posted on 07/14/2014 12:27:30 AM PDT by LibWhacker (A New WPA: Hire blacks to surround illegal enclaves and round up job-stealing illegal aliens)
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To: LibWhacker

That’s exactly what we said last night when we saw it. There’s something fishy with rotten tomato and the other ratings for it. Someone got paid. It wasn’t an awful movie. I’d give it 3 stars in 5, but it sure wasn’t anywhere near 92%. We called BS.


10 posted on 07/14/2014 1:22:33 AM PDT by DRey (Ok. Back to Perry/and now Cruz. (Texas rocks) Reclaim America 2016!)
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To: Citizen Zed

Good timing for Global Cooling themes. It’s getting colder next week...


11 posted on 07/14/2014 1:27:20 AM PDT by Southack (The one thing preppers need from the 1st World? http://tinyurl.com/ktfwljc .)
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To: Citizen Zed

Then Hollyweird wonders why nobody goes to the movies any more
($12 tickets, popcorn which costs more than caviar and other
things dont help).......


12 posted on 07/14/2014 1:45:15 AM PDT by njslim (T)
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To: Citizen Zed
Occupy Wall Street in Spaaaaace!
13 posted on 07/14/2014 2:18:38 AM PDT by Haiku Guy (Health Care Haiku: If You Have a Right / To the Labor I Provide / I Must Be Your Slave)
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To: Citizen Zed

Well, they’ve done ocean arks and space arks. They’ve done land-locked city bound ‘arks’. They’ve done underground and above ground. They’ve done just about every wilda$$ scenario of dystopian future and an island-of-refuge one can think about.

So, now we get a train, traveling throughout the desolate land with the cargo cars (peons) and the higher class cars the closer one gets to the bridge, I mean engine. Just damn.

I wonder what the movie team had to do for the writer to put his prose into action without badmouthing it. I just wonder. An aside - I hear they’re making a Sharknado 2 ! Should be lotsa fun there!


14 posted on 07/14/2014 2:19:51 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: LibWhacker

The high Tomatometer rating is predictable

The Occupy Wall Street in Space, 99% vs The 1% theme probably helps with the critics.

The fanboys who love the book will rate this thing at Five Stars just to promote the franchise.

Nobody else knows this movie exists.


15 posted on 07/14/2014 2:23:51 AM PDT by Haiku Guy (Health Care Haiku: If You Have a Right / To the Labor I Provide / I Must Be Your Slave)
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To: F15Eagle
Saw the commercial like 3 times while at dinner on the TV across the restaurant. Looked pretty lame.

I dunno. The trailer looked pretty good to me:


16 posted on 07/14/2014 2:27:55 AM PDT by Dagnabitt (Amnesty is Treason. Its agents are Traitors.)
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To: Gaffer
This was done, as so many things were done better on '70s TV.


17 posted on 07/14/2014 2:33:09 AM PDT by Haiku Guy (Health Care Haiku: If You Have a Right / To the Labor I Provide / I Must Be Your Slave)
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To: Haiku Guy

I’m old enough now to have seen remakes of remakes of the movies that I watched as a kid.

It seems writers are just too damned lazy or too damned coddled in their lives to have any imagination that isn’t borne from a doobie. If any of you out there are wondering why I say this, I submit to you the TV Series “LOST”. The only possible explanation for it is that the writers were stoned. And, in the end, they backed themselves into a corner and had to pull something akin to the “Dallas” Bobby shower scene.


18 posted on 07/14/2014 2:38:47 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: Dagnabitt

Mac & Me...nice.


19 posted on 07/14/2014 2:39:53 AM PDT by EEGator
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To: Southack

The government changed the weather to match the release of the movie.


20 posted on 07/14/2014 3:15:23 AM PDT by Portcall24
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To: RginTN
this trope has been done before.

Waterworld. The Time Machine. Metropolis. Wikipedia has a page full of them: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_dystopian_films

21 posted on 07/14/2014 3:23:17 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (This is known as "bad luck". - Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: Citizen Zed

is it as good as Sharknado?
Because I only have so many brain cells left to waste


22 posted on 07/14/2014 4:14:25 AM PDT by silverleaf (Age takes a toll: Please have exact change)
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To: silverleaf

The only redeeming feature of this film is that the snow apocalypse was caused by scientists trying to undo global warming.


23 posted on 07/14/2014 4:23:41 AM PDT by Haiku Guy (Health Care Haiku: If You Have a Right / To the Labor I Provide / I Must Be Your Slave)
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To: Citizen Zed

I like post apocalyptic stories and this looks like an interesting departure from the typical theme.


24 posted on 07/14/2014 4:28:00 AM PDT by 12th_Monkey (One man one vote is a big fail, when the "one" man is an idiot.)
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To: F15Eagle

let me guess, the heroes are sexy black guys who teach everybody how to survive and build computers while fighting the effeminate White men


25 posted on 07/14/2014 4:43:46 AM PDT by equalator
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To: silverleaf

I did not see the Sharknado, but I’m guessing Snowpiercer is better.


26 posted on 07/14/2014 6:13:42 AM PDT by Citizen Zed ("Freedom costs a buck o five" - Gary Johnston, TAWP)
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To: LibWhacker

Agree, the classism “keep your place” was gratuitous.
If they’d had just the first Tilda Swinton speech and skipped the other “keep your place” lectures and the kid saying “all back passengers are scum” in the classroom out, it would have been better.
The kronole and its role was actually interesting, as was “how do you live in an enclosed system” like that.


27 posted on 07/14/2014 6:22:54 AM PDT by tbw2
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To: njslim

It is $7 on Amazon instant video right now.


28 posted on 07/14/2014 6:23:20 AM PDT by tbw2
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To: Haiku Guy

I thought that was interesting, too. Without any regional testing, the world just deploys massive geo-engineering methods “for the planet” and nearly kill it.


29 posted on 07/14/2014 6:25:22 AM PDT by tbw2
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To: Norm Lenhart
Another product of ‘Administration outreach” to Hollywood to include ‘climate change themes’

You're right on this in general - however - I read an article about this movie that the "Climate Issues" in this movie stemmed from someone trying to *fix* Climate change.

It was so out of place that it caught my attention, that's why I remember it. Still doesn't make me want to pony up $10 to see it in the theater, though.

30 posted on 07/14/2014 6:42:39 AM PDT by wbill
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To: tbw2; Haiku Guy
My unsolicited $0.02? 'Tis something that I've worried about for awhile.

I'm not concerned about global warming cooling climate change. Weather happens.

Nope, what concerns me is that someone -think Bill Gates, or Richard Branson - may try to *do* something about it ... and really screw things up.

31 posted on 07/14/2014 6:47:49 AM PDT by wbill
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To: wbill

Ice ages have lasted a hundred thousand years or so with 10K-15K warm periods in between. We are 12K years into the latest warm period, so we are kind of due to go back to normal - cold.


32 posted on 07/14/2014 7:54:00 AM PDT by tbw2
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To: Citizen Zed
Haven't seen it yet. I just have one silly question.
If everyone lives on the train that keeps moving, who maintains the track?

33 posted on 07/15/2014 4:28:09 AM PDT by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: BitWielder1

It was a well built track. And of course snow and ice on the track are pierced by the train. It’s basically a live action Anime.


34 posted on 07/15/2014 6:39:39 AM PDT by Citizen Zed ("Freedom costs a buck o five" - Gary Johnston, TAWP)
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To: Citizen Zed
It was a well built track.

Not built by Union Labor then.

35 posted on 07/15/2014 6:44:22 AM PDT by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: All

snow piercer = lame

snow piercer = attack of manbearpig.


36 posted on 07/15/2014 6:44:59 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: BitWielder1

manbearpig


37 posted on 07/15/2014 6:45:32 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: Citizen Zed
If they want to make a movie about Liberal policies and climate change this is a perfect book to base it on!


38 posted on 07/15/2014 6:49:58 AM PDT by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets
Waterworld. The Time Machine. Metropolis. Wikipedia has a page full of them: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_dystopian_films

Metropolis is an interesting case. Metropolis was a landmark work of science fiction. The US theatrical release was a severe dystopian, anti-capitalist story. During a recent restoration project for the film, however, additional footage was discovered along with a far differently edited and longer version of the film that turned the whole message on its head with a strong anti-communist, anti central-planning message. On the whole the newly discovered version makes a lot more sense story-wise and is an even more compelling work and is probably the "original" version intended by the writer. I think, IIRC, that this version was found in a film vault in Argentina. There was a great documentary about the painstaking restoration process to save this vital piece of filmmaking history.

39 posted on 07/15/2014 7:27:55 AM PDT by Ramius (Personally, I give us one chance in three. More tea anyone?)
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To: BitWielder1
If everyone lives on the train that keeps moving, who maintains the track?

I'm having a little trouble with the premise. Why a train? So there's just some hundreds of people left in the world and they've decided to ride around on a train?

40 posted on 07/15/2014 7:31:15 AM PDT by Ramius (Personally, I give us one chance in three. More tea anyone?)
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