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Moe_Syzlak said:Saw this one over the weekend. I couldn't help but imagine the studio pitch: "it's like Hunger Games meets the Raid!" I liked it but it felt a little more hollow than I hoped.
Haven't watched this other than a few thoughts-- What a stupid title.. I've never heard of it... Why are people on FE talking about it?
So I watched the trailer and checked wiki-- few notes:
1. The movie is not American, it's in ENglish but made by Bong Joon-ho, who made one of (imho) the best monster movies of all time "The Host"-- which Tarantino also called one of the best movies since 1992.
2. Stars Chris Evans (Captain America), Song Kang-ho (Mr Vengeance himself! from Sympathy for Mr Vengeance and JSA), Tilda Swinton, Ewen Bremner (trainspotting), Jamie Bell (ugh) and John Hurt (who seems to be doing that Midnight Express/ 1984 thing)
3. The reason its unheard of where I am is because it was sandbagged by the Weinsteins:
"On 9 November 2012, The Weinstein Company acquired the distribution rights to Snowpiercer from CJ Entertainment, based on the script and some completed footage, with a plan for wide release in North America, as well as throughout the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa.[SUP][/SUP] It was released in the US on 27 June 2014 in just eight theaters in selected cities.[SUP][/SUP] This delay was caused by Harvey Weinstein, an owner of The Weinstein Company, requesting 20 minutes of footage be cut and opening and closing monologues be added. Bong refused to cut it. American fans anticipating the film were outraged, spawning the Free Snowpiercer petition campaign (founded by cinematic activist Denise Heard-Bashur) demanding the director's cut of the film to be released in the US.[SUP][/SUP] Eventually Bong succeeded in getting the film released in an uncut form;[SUP][/SUP]however Weinstein retaliated by relegating the film to Radius-TWC, which meant the film only received a limited release in art house cinemas.[SUP][/SUP] On 3 July 2014, it was announced that thanks to the positive reviews and buzz the film would get a wider US release and play in over 150 theaters.[SUP]"
[/SUP]The movie looks pretty damn good--reminds me for some reason of Bioshock 1, and will definitely check it out