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I recently watched Snowpiercer .A gripping and thought-provoking film but the audience could have done without the overdose of a series of repetitive and wearying fights ..Nevertheless a good movie .

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I recently watched Snowpiercer .A gripping and thought-provoking film but the audience could have done without the overdose of a series of repetitive and wearying fights ..Nevertheless a good movie .

Looks interesting, thanks.

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This film first opened in Southeast Asia in August 2013 and has played just about every country in the world except the USA.

It began playing in limited release in the U.S. on June 27, 2014. Gets a much wider release on July 2 but still somewhat limited.

Plan on seeing it this week sometime.

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Limited releases are often a sign that they're for publicity for the coming stream and rental release.
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Snowpiercer trailer

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I felt it was pretty weak all around. Seemed like a cool idea though.

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Snowpiercer - Sci-fi epic from director Bong Joon Ho

I just found out about this film. Looks like something I'd like. I do enjoy a good dystopian flick.

Netlifx doesn't have a date for this yet. Vudu is listing 7/11 available for rent.


In this sci-fi epic from director Bong Joon Ho (The Host, Mother), a failed global-warming experiment kills
off most life on the planet. The final survivors board the SNOWPIERCER, a train that travels around the
globe via a perpetual-motion engine. When cryptic messages incite the passengers to revolt, the train
thrusts full-throttle towards disaster


The Earth's remaining inhabitants are confined to a single
train circling the globe as revolution brews among the
class-divided cars. Based on a French graphic novel and
set in a new ice age, this futuristic thriller stars a top-notch ensemble cast.

Edit: It's 94% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.



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There already is a thread for this movie.
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There already is a thread for this movie.
Ok. Didn't see it. Merge or delete please.

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Threads merged.

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Limited releases are often a sign that they're for publicity for the coming stream and rental release.
Good call on this one. As pointed out by Waboman it's up for pre-order on VUDU.

http://www.vudu.com/movies/#!content/533022/Snowpiercer

Guess I'll skip the theater release.

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Looks interesting. I'll check it out when it makes it to premium cable or Netflix, whichever comes first.
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Some distributors like Phase 4 have a website where you can see future release dates and often for what whether it be disc, theater or streaming.
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Looks interesting. I'll check it out when it makes it to premium cable or Netflix, whichever comes first.
It's Weinstein-Radius so it will go to Netflix and not premium cable.

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Spectacular cinematography...
Great use of surround sound...
Wonderful cast performing at their best...
Bizarre dialog...
Self indulgent plot|script with faux and illogical predicates in both the physical and the social sciences...!!!
A philosophical mash up of Brazil, Atlas Shrugged, and Dr. Strangelove...???
Less real substance or permanence than viewing a documentary about rearranging deckchairs on a sinking Titanic while eating the apocryphal Chinese meal...
Watch once on a big screen...
Don't even think about owning Snowpiercer...!
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Spectacular cinematography...
Great use of surround sound...
Wonderful cast performing at their best...
Bizarre dialog...
Self indulgent plot|script with faux and illogical predicates in both the physical and the social sciences...!!!
A philosophical mash up of Brazil, Atlas Shrugged, and Dr. Strangelove...???
Less real substance or permanence than viewing a documentary about rearranging deckchairs on a sinking Titanic while eating the apocryphal Chinese meal...
Watch once on a big screen...
Don't even think about owning Snowpiercer...!
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Throw some Third Reich references and Zardoz in there too. Watch once on a big screen than decide, it's better than a rental, not a blind buy unless you really like to go off the beaten path (or track ). You decide.

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Saw it today. It seems to proceed at a glacial pace. Looks good in terms of how it was shot, set designs look very good. Not exactly convincing, one just has to suspend disbelief and go with it. Korean directors seem to have a bent for ultra violence, although this isn't quite at the level of some other films. Once was enough and there is no need to see it again, much less acquire the BR. Has been critically acclaimed, but it is not my cup of tea. Expected something more.
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Yes, it was very violent. My GF and I saw it this past Sunday. I didn't realize the level of the violence. It was a little too much for her.

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Snow joke - six foot rabbits and the run-a-way brain.

Jimmy Stewart was right! There IS a six foot rabbit named Harvey - Harvey Weinstein. And ya know, sometimes he is good for nothing but sucking up the chablis, stupping c-listers, and scaring young children with his face-for-radio. But ya know, there's a reason why seven oscar winners thanked god in the last twenty years and thirty thanked Harv - he's a movie guy. He knows this crap. So, when he says to stick twenty more arms out of the train and make some damn cuts, then make some damn cuts! What do you want to end up with anyway - fly flan or sushi?!

And if we wanted bad Spielberg, Abrams, or Bay we could pretty much just drop the needle on any number of those Blurays. But that's the bitch of it - there's just enough imagination, execution, and artistry here to move the fanboy phallus angle up past forty-five degrees. The production design and special effects are just crackerjack.

And Let's rundown the rundown characters:

Chris Evans doesn't seem have the gravitas to pull off anything that doesn't involve multi-colored underwear. He's like John Voight-lite from (ironically) 'Runaway Train' (although to be fair, he IS let down by the comic book-ish script and Joon-ho).

Tilda Swinton has one great speech and then kinda devolves into an repetitive Olive-Oil-from-hell.

Is there some kind of law where John Hurt HAS to play the world weary, damaged goods, ninty year old sage? (He's been phoning that one in since 'Midnight Express').

Ed Harris, Octavia Spencer, and Jamie Bell suffer from these diseases respectively:

- sinister, cynical meglomania

- sassy black gal/where’s ma baby?

- irascible 'grounds keeper Willy' Irish sidekick (the standout Joon thesps remain Hye-ja Kim as the hall-o-fame psycho nurture mom from 'Mother' and the brilliant, monsterous tadpole-on-a-bender from 'The Host'.)

So, what do we have here? Tired, Hollywood action movie tropes, high concept, shallow graphic novel-ly writing, and uneven acting all wrapped up in a dynamite production package that sadly has the - let's just say it - musty transatlantic whiff of a Seoul sell-out.

Sorry Boon, but, it takes two hands to hold an audience and on this one you seem to have stuck all the relevant appendages outside the train for seven minutes...including your head...
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I simply don't get the hate. I thought this was great. However, if the implausibilities (and impossibilities) are going to get your briefs in a bunch then you probably should skip Snowpiercer. And it's probably not something you would want to impose upon a female.


A very dark semi-comedy about the 10% vs the 90%, though a furriner (or anybody) bringing that up could annoy a certain subset of the viewing public. I know when the price becomes right the Blu-ray will become mine.

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This is not a matter of hate. For an action film, it just isn't that interesting, unless one has never seen anything comparable to it. Something like The Raid 2 or even the latest episode of 24 make it look anemic in terms of adrenaline rush. IMO, Captain America doesn't exactly take control of the screen. Just a disappointment and makes one wonder what those critics, who like the movie, saw in it.
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I suppose "hate" isn't the right word, sorry. But why various people consider it tedious I can't understand. They spend a little time in the beginning establishing the situation and showing the audience how the people with the guns are smug, evil totalitarians, then the race for the engine begins. Things don't blow up right and left, but I thought the fights were incredibly gripping, and Tilda Swinton was absolutely hilarious.


It simply wasn't the usual action movie, and God bless it for that. That's what the critics saw in it. Most of them have to sit through the by-the-numbers action and romcom stuff day in and day out, and this was like a breath of fresh, fetid air. This has cult item written all over it, though it may take a while to build its audience. It's worth seeing on as big a screen as you can see it on, and as mentioned, the surround effects are superb.

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Mr. Purina sold me.

This sounds like a good time in the ol' HT. I ask for little else in this crazy world.

I'm so there.
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This sounds like a good time in the ol' HT. I ask for little else in this crazy world.

I'm so there.
There are always exceptions, but, overall, movies should be seen on a big screen, if one is interested.
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This is not a matter of hate. For an action film, it just isn't that interesting, unless one has never seen anything comparable to it. Something like The Raid 2 or even the latest episode of 24 make it look anemic in terms of adrenaline rush. IMO, Captain America doesn't exactly take control of the screen. Just a disappointment and makes one wonder what those critics, who like the movie, saw in it.
Everything I read about the film led me to believe that I would be disappointed too. Worse, some of the rave reviews made me suspect that what their authors liked the film's message more than its intrinsic quality. Because I haven't seen the film, I know how unfair what I've said may be but I'm still gong to skip it.
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Pardon me?

My screen is (or will be) pretty big. You do understand this is the AVS Forum, no?
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Pardon me?

My screen is (or will be) pretty big. You do understand this is the AVS Forum, no?
Yeah, it's probably a mistake to generalize and say that it's always better to see a film on a big screen in a darkened theater. This generalization fails to take into account the sounds of crinkling candy wrappers or popcorn being crunched, or the glare from the cell phone screen of the viewer in the row ahead of you. There is much to be said for the controlled environment of a modern HT setup. In short, the answer to the question, "Which viewing venue is best, a movie theater or a home theater?" is "It depends."
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The title "Snowpiercer" makes it sound like it should be a Syfy original.

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Pardon me?

My screen is (or will be) pretty big. You do understand this is the AVS Forum, no?
Then you are obviously not interested. See my response to your post. If you don't want to see a movie on a screen bigger than your future HT's and with better audio, that is your choice. You are aware of Dolby Atmos?
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