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 Post subject: Snowpiercer (film)
PostPosted: Fri Dec 29, 2017 2:31 pm 

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This is a high energy, fun, dystopic parable. Ostensibly the world is in a new ice age, and some loon has built an enormous train that circles the remains of the civilised world once a year. At the front of the train is the Driver, then first class, then various services, and then the tail of the train, where the untermensch are kept in Dickensian squalor. They rebel. After various entertaining and bloodthirsty adventures the new leader of the untermensch gets to the front of the train where the Driver explains what is going on. Sadly at the same time one of the untermensch's allies sets off an avalanche that destroys the train. The two survivors, a plucky drug addicted girl and a five year old boy stagger out into the chilly snowscape and see a polar bear. In Korea polar bears are cute symbols of nature. In this neck of the woods they are regarded as serious predators. I give them 10 minutes.

However I'm going to read the Riot Act. This is not SF. It's an action film with a silly but entertaining background story. The steampunky sets, external shots, and performances are great, I'll certainly be looking out for more films by this director.

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