Snowpiercer (2013)

logoDirector: Joon-Ho Bong

Writer: Joon-ho Bong, Kelly Masterson (Screenplay) Jacques Lob, Benjamin Legrand, Jean-Marc Rochette (Graphic Novel ‘Le Transperceneige’)

Starring: Chris Evans, Jamie Bell, Tilda Swinton, Ed Harris, John Hurt, Octavia Spencer, Alison Pill, Luke Pasqualino, Ewen Bremner, Kang-Ho Song

 

Plot: In a future where a failed global-warming experiment kills off all life on the planet except for a lucky few that boarded the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe, where a class system evolves. The lowest class citizens lead by Gilliam (Hurt) start a revolution to get to the front of the train to be treated fairer. Curtis (Evans) leads the charge as each train carriage offers up new surprises.

 

Verdict: Surprisingly entertaining comic book adaptation

 

Story: Going into this you have to know that you are going into watch a French comic book, so don’t expect everything to make perfect sense and take the realism alert out of how you view this. We get the social differences between the rich and poor, that reach a breaking point, much like other comic book adaptation of recent years be it TV or film you have surprise deaths and plenty of twists along the way. The story does pull you in and works because it only follows one group so you are just as surprised what is behind each door as the characters. (8/10)

 

Actor Reviews

 

Chris Evans: Curtis the leader in the making, waiting for the chance to take over the train, once he starts he turns into a good combat solider who will sacrifice anything to make sure he makes it to the engine room of the train. Good performance from Evans showing that he can play dark comic book character next to his Captain America. (8/10)

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Jamie Bell: Edgar the younger member of the revolution who idolises Curtis, but his slightly hot heatedness will get him into trouble. Good supporting role from Bell who shows he can fill in any support role, now it is time for him to step up to lead roles. (8/10)

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Tilda Swinton: Mason one of the powers that be on the train, she shows her ruthless side when punishing one of the lowest members of the citizen. Good performance from Swinton as you would expect. (8/10)

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Ed Harris: Wilford the designer of the train and head of the engine room, to who the revolution is targeted against. We don’t meet Wilford until near the very end but we hear about him from the start, good small performance from Harris. (7/10)

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John Hurt: Gilliam the leader and wise member of the lowest citizens on the train, he is horribly crippled due to previous events on the train. Good wise man performance from Hurt.(7/10)

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Octavia Spencer: Tanya joins the revolution after her son is taken to the front of the train, she is trying to save him from whatever they do to him. Good performance, giving Curtis the push he needs to step up. (8/10)

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Kang-Ho Song: Namgoong the prisoner that gets released to help open the doors as he designed the security system. Good performance playing the slightly crazy member of the group. (8/10)

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Director Review: Joon-Ho Bong – Good direction throughout to keep you really into a film that could easily get boring quickly.(8/10)

 

Action: Plenty of combat throughout. (9/10)

Sci-Fi: Who knows what he could do to this planet and how we will try to save ourselves, this is an interesting take on it. (9/10)

Settings: With the whole film set on the train we enjoy how each carriage offers something unexpected. (10/10)
Special Effects
: The effects on the train all come off very well, but the outside look of the train is terrible computer effects. (6/10)

Suggestion: I think this should definitely be tried, I think people will enjoy it more than they think. (Try It)

 

Best Part: The massive battle in one of the carriages.

Worst Part: A few plot holes involved.

Action Scene Of The Film: Carriage battle.

Kill Of The Film: The teacher.

Scariest Scene: The punishment given to one of the members of the lower citizens.

Believability: The world could turn into this, but that is all for believability here. (1/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: I would like to think whatever happens next is explained more in the comics.

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $80,220,079

Budget: $39 Million

Runtime: 2 Hours 6 Minutes

Tagline: AD 2031: the passengers in the train are the only survivors on Earth.

Trivia:Joon-ho Bong’s first English film.

 

Overall: Impressive Comic Book Film

Rating 82

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Carnage (2011)

logoDirector: Roman Polanski

Writer: Yasmina Reza, Roman Polanski (Screenplay) Yasmina Reza (Play)

Starring: Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz, John C. Reilly

 

Plot: Two pairs of parents Penelope (Foster), Michael (Reilly) and Nancy (Winslet), Alan (Waltz) hold a cordial meeting after their sons are involved in a fight, though as their time together progresses increasingly childish behaviour throws the discussion into chaos.

 

Verdict: Should have stay on the stage

 

Story: It is hard to criticise a story that is a play but this doesn’t make a very interesting film, the story relies on the power of the acting as it only really tells about how two marriages are struggling under the surfaces and the confrontation about their children’s behaviour makes it all come out. Each of the reason is very generic and has been looked at many times before. (6/10)

 

Actor Reviews

 

Jodie Foster: Penelope the mother of the victim of the fight, who tries to keep it all calm but let’s some comments out that lead to the next argument. Good performance from Jodie. (8/10)

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Kate Winslet: Nancy the long suffering wife of Alan who tries to make peace between the families but soon let’s everything out and thinks her son was right. Good performance from Kate. (8/10)

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Christoph Waltz: Alan the business man who spends most of his time on the phone while he lets his wife deal with any issue in the home. Good performance from Christoph. (8/10)

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John C Reilly: Michael the simple everyday man whose son is the victim, he tries to be nice about everything, trying to be neutral but soon sides with his wife before letting out everything. Good performance from John. (8/10)

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Director Review: Roman Polanski – Tries to create a good tense simple conversation that goes and gets out of hand. (6/10)

 

Drama: Tries to create something that sticks the audience attention but fails to do so. (4/10)

Settings: With the single shot in the apartment the setting is all about keep the couples together to talk things out. This works well for the story, but also shows why it is a better play. (6/10)

 

Suggestion: This is one to try, I wouldn’t be recommending it to anyone to watch in film form, but I feel the play may be interesting to see. (Try It)

 

Believability: Parents would try to resolve problems this way. (7/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: The actual events of discussion get shown during the credits.

 

Awards: Nominated for two Golden Globes

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $27,603,069

Budget: $25 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 19 Minutes

Tagline: A new comedy of no manners.

Trivia:The film was shot in real time, without breaks

 

Overall: A lot of talking and rambling

Rating 55