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Snowpiercer

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Snowpiercer's class revolt on a train isn't quite the nuanced social drama that I was hoping for, but it was a pretty good movie.  It's got a simplistic, video-game like structure, as the characters literally progress through the train from the back to the front, akin to beating a level so that you can move to the next one.  The result is a progression through the visuals and drama that matches the progression through the plot.  There's a reason we like this so much in video games, after all.

The movie is not especially plausible, and I can't decide whether that's an asset or a hindrance.  I was occasionally taken out of my suspension of disbelief because of the clandestine nature of all of the scheming, and the fact that, in the end, it's really just one guy who is going to save the entire back of the train.  But on the other hand, because the whole damn plot is so crazy, it's easy to just go with it when the movie does something absurd like set up a society where it seems there is no middle class, whatsoever.

In the end, it's a fun movie, and one that at least tries to have a plot.   When I'm getting summer blockbusters jammed down my throat with titles like Marvel's Avengers IV, the Prequel, a movie with pretensions of social commentary is enough to pass the test as the real thing.  Maybe that's lowering the bar too far, but beggars can't be choosers.

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