Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Breaking the Ice: Snowpiercer

I went to watch the film Snowpiercer the other night and was totally blown away by it.  This movie has a limited release in my city, which means only two theaters are currently playing it. One of them will only be playing the film for two days.  The other asks for $12 per ticket.  I don't know about you, but I usually only go to the movies on cheap Tuesday.  This in turn might make the film inaccessible to folks in my city.

Anyway, I think this movie could have easily been one of the summer's biggest films. Not only did it have many familiar and beloved faces (i.e. Chris Evans, Jamie Bell, Tilda Swinton, Ed Harris, Octavia Spencer & John Hurt), but it also had a lot of the qualities people have been looking for in media lately.  I'm talking about that post-apocalyptic setting, the world after the disaster.  I also mean a story about humanity: what we do to each other out of selfishness, kindness, cruelty and desperation.  Who we are in the end and how we survive. 

We see it with people's love for AMC's The Walking Dead and the video game The Last of Us (sidenote: not actually a zombie game, ladies and gentlemen.  It features mutated and infected human beings.  There is a difference.) by Naughty Dog.

Something you might not know is that this film directed by Bong Joon-ho is based on a 1982 French graphic novel called Le Transperceneige (i.e. french for Snowpiercer) written by Jacques Lob and illustrated by Jean-Marc Rochette.  

This graphic novel was later continued by Benjamin Legrand seventeen years after the first graphic novel.  In total, Snowpiercer has two volumes:  The Escape and The Explorers.

Ultimately, if you get the chance to check out the film, do go and give it a chance.  It's a good movie and it is made so well.  I have also included the trailer below and a "the making of" video.  It has English subtitles in case anyone does not understand Korean.

UPDATE: The film comes out on DVD & Blu-ray in North America October 21st 2014.

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