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The Thinking Manís Stupid Action Flick
3.5/4 stars

Snowpiercer is one part stupidity, one part brilliance and one part insanity. It combines the art house and the slaughter house in ways Iíve never really seen before. Its plot has been done to death (Itís basically just Elysium on a train,) but the movie has a unique style and tone that never takes itself too seriously, and keeps the pacing going. Itís a very flawed movie, but itís also a breath of fresh air in the midst of the big budget summer blockbusters.

There is a lot of stupid in Snowpiercer, some of it intentional, some of it regrettably unintentional. Yet the movie is never significantly harmed from this, in a way it adds to the realistic/surreal tone of the whole thing. On moment youíre in a gun battle against a psychotic kindergarten teacher, the next your having a deep discussion of the impact of starvation on an overpopulated community. It never feels whiplash-ish; each moment, no matter how dissonant from the last, feels like a natural progression of things. The two mind approach to Snowpiercer is totally intentional, and is mostly kept under careful control.

The acting is good, the cinematography, is good and the tone almost has an Evil Dead 2 thing going on. The only thing that really bothers me is its plot. Like I said; this is basically just Elysium on a train. I wouldnít mind this ďHavesĒ vs. ďHave notsĒ plot so much if it hadnít been the plot of every other freaking science fiction movie thatís come out over the past few years. Itís really frustrating to me that a movie with such an original vision also has an over recycled plot.

That said Snowpiercer is definitely my personal favorite ďdystopian haves vs. have notĒ science fiction movie. Its message is actually quite different from most movies of its kind, and it never feels unoriginal unless you think about it really hard.

Maybe the strongest aspect of Snowpiercer is its ability to keep the audience guessing. In Captain America 2, I knew how it was going to end before I even entered the theater; but with Snowpiercer youíre never sure whatís going to be through the next gate, and you never know who is going to live and who is going to die. Itís a feeling that you donít get in movies much, the feeling that anything could happen, and whatís happening is real, not fictional. It makes you forget your watching a movie at all.

Snowpiercer is worth seeing for anyone who likes movies, and wantís to see more action movies that feel wholly original. Itís basically the thinking manís stupid action flick and I mean that in the best way possible.

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Chris Kavan

Chris Kavan- wrote on 07/05/14 at 12:24 PM CT


Oh man - now I'm even more excited to see this one. I just have to hope it actually shows up in a theater around here.

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