JRN 180 002
20 April 2015
To change up my paper in an attempt towards making it more interesting for me, I decided to write my paper on a film that I’ve never seen. I will write what I think it will be like, and then when I’m done, I’ll say what my general thoughts are and what other people think of it as well. It will literally be my immediate reaction to watching the film. To pick what film I was going to write about, I scrolled through Netflix with my boyfriend. I thought to myself that it would be better to find a movie with him that we both equally thought was interesting. The first few movies I stopped on were movies like The Boy in
the Striped Pajamas
, but neither of those appealed to my boyfriend and me at the same time. The first movie we could both agree on, though, was Snowpiercer
. It was newly
released onto Netflix but the movie came out in 2013. Something about the plot being about what’s left of humanity always gets to us. To me, it sounds apocalyptic which I surprisingly like even though the thought terrifies me. I’m even scared of zombie movies and yet I still watch them. Dealing with the nightmares is worth the feeling of my heart in my throat, I guess. My first impression of this movie without watching it at all, just looking at the movie cover and brief synopsis, is that it’s going to be a good movie. I’m excited, in all honesty. The star is Chris Evans, good old Captain America. I do like his acting, mind you I also like eye candy when I’m watching a film. It’s also a scifi & fantasy thriller
which I’m really into. It’s rated almost 4.5 stars on Netflix which is just a general public rating, and I’m hoping it lives up to expectations of being a great film. After just finishing the movie, there are questions I need to ask myself. Does it do what it intends to do? Will I want to see it again? Can it be used as a benchmark to compare other films to it? Before I answer those questions, I’ll take a look back at the premise. A few years into the future, global warming slips out of control, and humankind inadvertently initiates an ice age in its attempt to correct it. Soon after, all that remains of humanity are the passengers of an ultraequipped, selfsustaining train that suggests Noah's Arc as a speeding elevated bullet. Having predictably learned nothing from their travails, the train's passengers quickly assume the flawed social structure of the first world that's recently ended, with the entitled haves exploiting the enraged havenots. (Bowen 2014)
did do what it intended to do, I’m not that impressed with the outcome. I couldn’t get attached to characters because they seemed to kill everyone off too quickly. Reasons why the audience should’ve been attached to said characters weren’t known until closer to the end of the movie when the running time was 126 minutes. In my opinion, that’s too long to make me feel bad about a death that happened within the first 40 minutes. That being said, I couldn’t conjure up tears when they passed, especially when their deaths happened suddenly and the protagonist lingered only for brief moments before moving on. The movie was about people from the back of the train moving and fighting their way to the front, which undoubtedly happened, but the closure was extremely lacking.
I wanted to compare my answers and thoughts to the one person who watched the movie with me, Michael Nordin. We didn’t discuss our opinions on the movie until the interview I held with him about it. I started out with asking if the film did what it intended to do. “I think it did but it was hard to tell what exactly they were trying to do.” He said and with his admittedly undecided answer he added, “I did laugh at parts that felt like they should’ve been serious. I ...
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