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It is the time for light-weight summer movies. Mild diversions to fill a couple of air-conditioned hours in uncomfortable seats for outrageous prices.  (Don’t touch the popcorn, it will kill you!) Hey, nothing wrong with that. When it’s 90+ degrees outside and your brain is on a low simmer, most of us aren’t looking for mind blowing cinema that digs deep and lingers long after we leave the theatre.

That said, I am always thrilled when I come upon a film that stands apart and challenges the stereotypical summer fare. Joon-ho Bong’s new film, Snowpiercer, seems to be that film.


Joon-ho Bong is a South Korean film maker of rare and growing skill. His first film, The Host, is a marvel of a monster movie, that takes the whole genre and tips it on its head. 

He followed that with Mother, a powerful, very human story of a mother’s titanic efforts to prove her son is innocent of murder.

Now comes Snowpiercer. 

Based on a 1982 graphic novel by Jacques Lob and Jean-Marc Rochette, it is dystopian, prescient, and boasts one hell of a cast. (Anything with Tilda Swinton in it is worth the price of admission, imho.) And getting rave reviews across the country – not that reviews are everything.

I don’t know if Snowpiercer will make it to the theatre in my tiny corner of the world or if I’ll have to wait until it comes out on disc, but either way, I can’t wait.