Sydney Film Festival 2014 - Snowpiercer

There has been much discussion about the edits made by Harvey Weinstein and his production company to the South Korean action/science fiction movie, Snowpiercer. The Weinstein Company is of the opinion that changes needed to be made to make the film more suitable for American audiences. Thankfully the Sydney Film Festival sidestepped this issue and made sure that the film seen in Australia was the original cut made by director Bong Joon-ho. Director Bong is known for making genre movies, whether that is horror (The Host in 2006), drama/thriller (Mother in 2009) or comedy (Barking Dogs Never Bite in 2000), and he does each of them with a visual flare and an great understanding of the rules of the genre he is working in. With Snowpiercer, Director Bong works in English for the first time using western actors such as Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell and John Hurt alongside Korean stars of his movie The Host, Song Kang-ho and Go Ah-sung to tell the story of a massive train that circles most of Europe and Asia during and ice age 18 years in the future. All that is left of humanity is on the train compartmentalised into a class system that is ridgely contained and monitored. This film is based on a French graphic novel, Le Transperceneige written by Jean-Marc Rochette and Jacques Lob and it is great fun. Here is an interesting article on the comic. Bursting with eye popping visuals and realistic fight sequences the film hurtles towards its conclusion with a sense of inevitability. Some of the quieter moments lag a little, however this is a minor quibble when watching something that is original and new in a genre that is dominated by sequels and reboots.  Here is a social cultural analysis of the movie that I recommend reading after you have seen the movie as it contains spoilers.