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Snowpiercer

Adapted from a French graphic novel, the film is set in a dystopian near-future in which the entire Earth has succumbed to a new ice age and the last surviving humans have taken refuge in a train forever circling the planet (powered by a perpetual motion machine). The lower classes, forcibly segregated in the disgusting, slum-like back end of the train, start an uprising and fight their way to the front to seize control of the train from their tyrannical elite and Snowpiercers two-hour running time has nary a dull moment. The exhilarating action is coupled to an intricate and involving narrative peppered with both mordant humor and affecting pathos. Bong expertly juggles beautifully executed, truly breathtaking fighting sequences, and detailed yet elegantly deployed exposition. The large array of characters, each one finely drawn and highly original, is incarnated with much panache and visible enjoyment by the outstanding international cast and the train itself is a marvel of production design, and as the characters press on, its a thrill to discover the entirely different, fantastically conceived, and gorgeously realized world within each new wagon. Beyond the miserable austerity of the slum cars lie locales as varied as a candy-colored classroom worthy of Wes Anderson& and a futuristic nightclub with a drug-fueled rave in full swing.  Giovanni Marchini Camia, Film Comment

Year: 2013
Genre: Science Fiction, Thrillers & Suspense, Comics Movies, Action, Film Festivals 2014, 2014, Adam's Favourites
Country: Czech Republic, France, Korea, USA
Director: Joon-ho Bong
Starring: Ed Harris, Ewen Bremner, John Hurt, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, Chris Evans, Kang-ho Song, Ah-sung Ko, Octavia Spencer
Duration: 121 Minutes
Rating: R16 - Violence
7/10
Location in store: Science Fiction

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