July 17, 2014

Movie Review: Snowpiercer

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As movie tickets get pricier and pricier ($14 in Manhattan folks...), many people are turning to Video-on-Demand (VOD). One movie that is showing that this is a profitable option for production companies is Snowpiercer. It is No. 1 on iTunes where it is earning twice as much on VOD than in theaters. Why? VOD costs $6.99 (so more people can purchase essentially) and is cheaper to distribute than in theaters. Snowpiercer has broken a lot of ground so obviously I was intrigued. One of my favorite actresses, Tilda Swinton, was in it so I tuned in.

The plot: "Set in a future where a failed climate-change experiment kills all life on the planet except for a lucky few who boarded the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe, where a class system emerges." Think Hunger Games on a train. It's a little eerie that the beginning starts off with a report in 2014 talking about the Earth warming. Chris Evans (aka Captain America) leads an uprising of people in the Tail section of the train (the back - the poor) to take Wilford, the inventor of the train who runs the Engine. There are a lot of metaphors and social commentary but not in an overly lofty way. It's beautifully shot and a well told story. Warning: there are quite a few graphic scenes that I had to close my eyes for. It is an uprising after all.

I quite enjoyed this movie and would have to say it's been one of the better ones I've seen in a long time. If you like a good story, social commentary or a good hero story then I recommend this movie. It's available on iTunes, Amazon and other VOD platforms or you can see it in select theaters.

In other movie news, I'm pretty excited about this rumored Hocus Pocus sequel!

What movies have you watched recently?

1 comment:

  1. OMG Hocus Pocus sequel! I just squealed a little!

    Wait, why are movies cheaper in NYC than LA? We pay about $17. And some of our OnDemand's are the same price! I'd pay $7 for sure, but at $17 I could buy the damn DVD.


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