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snowpiercer (2 blu-ray) blu_ray Italian Import
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in un futuro non lontano, la terra conosce una nuova era glaciale. gli ultimi sopravvissuti del genere umano vivono confinati in un treno rompighiaccio in grado di correre perpetuamente attraverso il globo. l'inventore di questa macchina perfetta, il misterioso wilford, ha anche determinato un sistema sociale su cui si regge l'equilibrio della comunita' che abita i vagoni del treno. in coda stanno i miserabili sfruttati che salirono a bordo gratis, verso la testa del treno vivono invece nei privilegi i passeggeri di prima classe. ma la rivolta degli oppressi dalla coda del treno e' oramai imminente e il suo leader, curtis, attende solo il momento giusto per tentare l'ardimentosa presa della testa del convoglio.
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The script, direction and acting totally failed to make me care about, never mind for, most of the characters. The exception being that I took an instant dislike to Tilda Swanson's character.
Worse was to come though: I suddenly realised just how stupid the idea of making a train as a refuge capsule for the last survivors of mankind was:-
1) Who maintains the tracks if the train can never stop, and you will die in minutes if you leave it?
2) Have none of these people heard of the square-cube law? A long, thin object like a rake of coaches is purpose designed to maximise heat loss!
3) How do you maintain the power plant, and indeed the trains wheels and bearings if it can't stop?
4) How do you know the track ahead still exists if you only visit any point on the track once a year?
Given the ending I suspect that the director may have realised some of this, and carried on anyway!
Set in 2031, the entire world is frozen and dead after a failed climate-change experiment except for those aboard the Snowpiercer. For 17 years, the world's survivors are on a train hurtling around the globe creating their own economy and class system. Led by Curtis, a group of lower-class citizens living in squalor at the back of the train are determined to get to the front of the train and spread the wealth around. Each section of the train holds new surprises for the group who have to battle their way through.
This is indeed a very original and visually awesome looking sci-fi, certainly as others have said this is probably one of the best films you have never seen or heard of, an interesting and completely bonkers idea for a story, the movie is rather a good budget with fantastic effects and stunning scenery and set designs, each section of the train is strange and bizarre in many different ways, the cast all round is brilliant, Chris Evans is a good lead, we also have John Hurt and Ed Harris, many known faces, Tilda Swinton deserves much credit in this as she is rather creepy and yet very entertaining, the director of this movie is Joon-ho Bong, a Korean director who made the cool monster movie The Host back in 2006, I think this is an amazing English language movie that still has the feel of his previous movies, the movie for most part is entirely in English apart from the part of Korean actor Kang-ho Song (also from The Host 2006) if you love original sci-fi with a great visual style then look no further than to check out this little unknown gem, it may have a few plot holes here and there that you could possibly pick at but don't, its an amazing piece of cinema!! The film does have an R-rating as it is very violent in places too!!
Blu-ray quality is very good in 1080p HD (Italian 2-disc import, Koch Media)
Language is in full English, Italian subs can be removed from the movie,
(The occasional Korean dialogue in movie has no English subs but its not hard to follow)
Special features are plentiful indeed spread over 2-discs, TV spot and trailer, promo spot, various making of the movie features, plus much more,
(Some of the features are in English, some are Italian with no English subs,
Region B so plays in the UK, 126-mins long, 2012.