Wednesday, June 12, 2013

'Snowpiercer' Trailer. Snowy, yes, but piercing? Not So Much

When I first heard of Bong Joon-ho's 'Snowpiercer' I was thinking this would be a showstopper. The kind of flick you stand in line for, get your popcorn, sit back and relish. The setting was so new and sharply cut it was practically a game changer. I could hardly wait.

But, this first trailer is something of a head-scratcher. I don't get the energy. Is this a class drama set on a train, the existence of which is explained by the never-ending snowstorm (although, how that would necessitate a non-stop 24/7 train isn't clear), or is the movie a sci-fi thriller that happens to take place on a train, the existence of which lends nothing special to the plot?

Right now, based on this trailer, I don't know which is the case. However, neither possibility holds much appeal. Two things need to happen in future trailers/clips for me to get back on to speak. The class tension has to have a compelling sci-fi or fantasy hook, and the fact that everything happens on this train has to make sense, be exciting and interesting, rather than simply a device that makes this movie a one-location (read: inexpensive) exercise.

As things stand, I feel like I'm being taken for a ride. Hoping for more.


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