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Snowpiercer

cbrachyrhynchos:

The American distributor wanted to cut 20 minutes of dialog from the film. I suspect that many of those cuts would have come from the last act dialogs in order to streamline it into more of the action movie template implied by the American release poster. A dominant mode of action sci-fi uses the Big Idea of the premise to set up an escalating set of conflicts that are ultimately resolved with the big fight scene.

But Snowpiercer isn’t an action film. It’s a dystopian science fiction film in the old tradition of Planet of the Apes (the original) and Logan’s Run. It makes a number of decisions in the last act that support its Big Idea at the expense of cinematic formula.

The Big Idea for Snowpiercer serves a dual role as both allegory and frame for conflict. An attempt to curb global warming goes horribly wrong resulting in a snowball earth. Humanity survives on a train powered by an “eternal engine.” People who unimaginatively demand plausibility behind science fiction allegories can take comfort in the fact that this is a religious claim rather than a technical one. The tail section lives in impoverished squalor. Rich oligarchs live in the front section. And at the very front, the engine and its engineer, Willford. The train is a microcosm and allegory for a social system that is, to use a phrase that dominated the last economic crash, “too big to fail.”

Protagonist Curtis plans an ambiguous revolution to take over the train and negotiate a more equitable distribution of resources. He’s goaded by the old leader Gilliam, and his younger friend Edgar. Travel through the train involves peeling through layers of privilege presented through surreal set pieces. The violence see-saws dramatically between bizarre ritualistic behavior and brutal chaos.

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absolutelyiris:

#1 reason you all need to go see Snowpiercer:

  • The Weinstein Company doesn’t want you to see it.

They have tried to bury this movie. They didn’t think America was smart enough to handle it. They wanted it dumbed down, with twenty minutes cut. Joon-ho Bong refused and now they’re trying to bury it. It’s in theaters right now and will be on VOD on Friday.

So see the movie. Pay for it. Prove the Weinstein Company wrong.

Don’t know your place. Don’t accept your place. Don’t be a shoe.

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Snowpiercer

sarashina-nikki:

Just finished watching Snowpiercer on iTunes, and so glad I did. What a great movie, honestly. I immediately binged on tumblr reaction posts about it, so a lot of cool meta by much smarter people than me will make its way out of my queue in the next couple days.

But I did have a couple of my own thoughts I wanted to get out.

"How can I lead if I have two good arms?" "Better to have both arms."

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There’s A Lake Where You Can Swim With Jellyfish That Won’t Sting You

alejandrostravel:

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There is a magical lake in the Rock Islands of Palau where you can swim with the jellyfish worry-free.

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The lake became a tourist attraction and people can go swimming and snorkeling with them.

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The jellyfish lost their stingers over the years because they don’t need them to fight off predators.

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Learn more about the land of friendly, magical jellyfish.