Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Tuesday’s Top Trailer: Snowpiercer

Welcome back to a weekly feature here at Movies with Abe, Tuesday's Top Trailer. One of my favorite parts about going to see movies is the series of trailers that airs beforehand and, more often than not, the trailer is far better than the actual film. Each week, I'll be sharing a trailer I've recently seen. Please chime in with comments on what you think of the trailer and how you think the movie is going to be.

Snowpiercer – Opening June 11, 2014

It’s strange – the entire time I was watching this trailer, I felt that I had seen something like it before. Its premise is similar to “Elysium,” which I never saw, and I also got echoes of “Transsiberian,” even though that was just because it spends so much time on a train. This is an example of what good science fiction looks like, though it might not deliver fully on its potential. The difference between classes has never been more expressly laid out, with some of humanity’s survivors traveling first class in full luxury and the rest stuck in steerage. Setting the entire affair on a train racing through the snow certainly adds to the thrill, and this looks like a dystopian drama that’s going to explode and turn into an action movie halfway through its run. It does have some important things going for it, namely its writer-director, Joon-ho Bong, whose last film, “Mother,” I really liked. Chris Evans has proven himself a very capable star in movies like this, particularly in “Captain America: The First Avenger.” Tilda Swinton adds a wonderful bizarre villainous vibe, and John Hurt has the old mentor role down pat. Jamie Bell also tends to make good movie choices. Weather-wise, this won’t be the first film I’ll rush to see in June, but I do think that it looks great and should be a fun and formidable sci-fi escape that might also be smart at the same time. Hopefully, it should make for a memorable movie experience.

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