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Old July 13 2014, 09:12 PM   #16
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Re: Snowpiercer or Why, God, Hast Tho Forsaken Me?

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Morgan Freeman seems to have contracted Bruce Willis Syndrome, i.e. the inability to distinguish between good scripts and bad.
I think Freeman, like Willis, has figured out that the paychecks are the same no matter what the movie is. Both could make dreck for the rest of their careers and their Hollywood legacies would still be secure (and, notably, both still take parts in scripts they care about).
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Old July 14 2014, 01:18 AM   #17
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Re: Snowpiercer or Why, God, Hast Tho Forsaken Me?

Thor was the deeper meaning, yes. And this would definitely make an epic Rifftrax. It would be the only reason I'd watch this again. Either a Rifftrax or a Plinkett commentary could very well turn this around into a must see.

Dystopian fiction is particularly fascinating to me, which probably goes some way to explaining my disappointment in Snowpiercer. Dashed expectations.

Why the percentage of brain usage = superpowers plot continues to appear is baffling to me, as is Bruce Willis's recent career choices.
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Old July 14 2014, 02:38 AM   #18
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Re: Snowpiercer or Why, God, Hast Tho Forsaken Me?

Wow, I'm surprised to see someone hating this so much. <ost of the critics on the sci-fi sites I go to have loved it.
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Old July 14 2014, 08:14 AM   #19
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Re: Snowpiercer or Why, God, Hast Tho Forsaken Me?

You have to go in to this film knowing that it is a Korean director and that he is not beholden to conventional Western-style story structures.

All the stuff the OP posted that (s)he expects are generally found in standard American cinema. But, things like people behaving believably, a logical internally consistent world, comprehensible motivations, et al. are not always de rigueur in world cinema.

This film breaks all of those rules because its director's priorities apparently lie elsewhere. Other than this film being sci-fi, I don't know why it'd wind up being discussed on a Star Trek board. It's really not that type of movie.
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Old July 14 2014, 10:03 PM   #20
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I'm interested in seeing it despite the wacky premise, but it's no stupider than getting godlike powers because you're using "more than 10% of your brain".
Oh God yes, that was the least appealing commercial for a movie I've seen in years. Even worse they seem to be counting up the percentage to 100% over the course of the movie. God help us when it reaches 100%! Who knows what will happen then! *barf*
I laughed out loud when they started counting up the percentages in the commercial. I'd be all for a ScarJo gets X-Men powers movie, but this one just looks ridiculous.

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Old July 14 2014, 11:17 PM   #21
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Yeah it wasn't a masterpiece but I enjoyed it a million times more than any Transformers movie.
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Old July 15 2014, 10:06 PM   #22
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You have to go in to this film knowing that it is a Korean director and that he is not beholden to conventional Western-style story structures.

All the stuff the OP posted that (s)he expects are generally found in standard American cinema. But, things like people behaving believably, a logical internally consistent world, comprehensible motivations, et al. are not always de rigueur in world cinema.

This film breaks all of those rules because its director's priorities apparently lie elsewhere. Other than this film being sci-fi, I don't know why it'd wind up being discussed on a Star Trek board. It's really not that type of movie.
Above italics added. I'm all for the third italics.

I'm glad this director's thinking beyond the opening weekend. I wish more U.S. directors were allowed to do the same. It'd make things less predictably cookie-cutter on a weekly basis. Especially in the sense 90 percent of the time the number one movie of the week is a foregone conclusion.

I'll be seeing SNOWPIERCER this Saturday. If it's as decent as its director's previous THE HOST, it'll succeed. It seems to have elements of DISTRICT 9 as well as ELYSIUM. As for LUCY with Scarlett, the film may end up less wacky than its trailer, but UNDER THE SKIN, also with Scarlett, will be a tough act to follow.
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Old July 20 2014, 12:54 PM   #23
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Re: Snowpiercer or Why, God, Hast Tho Forsaken Me?

I just saw it yesterday. I enjoyed it thoroughly, but those kinds of movies are generally up my all. (It should be noted the first two movies I saw in a theatre were Return to Oz and The Black Cauldron, so I suppose the seed was planted young. Also, I'm a big fan of Terry Gilliam, which ties nicely into this film.) I can see why people would either love it or hate, despite myself falling into the former category. I didn't particularly have any problem suspending disbelief for it, and honestly didn't recognize the actor playing the lead until the credits, as I hadn't looked at who was in it other than Tilda Swinton before going.

Also, the classroom scene is now one of my favorite scenes of all time.
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Old July 20 2014, 04:34 PM   #24
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I didn't recognize Tilda Swinton or Alison Pill.

And I liked the aquarium car. Very surreal.
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Old July 20 2014, 10:38 PM   #25
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Also, the classroom scene is now one of my favorite scenes of all time.
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