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Harvey Weinstein’s Snub Aside, ‘Snowpiercer’ Catches Fire


The Korean futuristic film “Snowpiercer” might have not enjoyed sufficient exposure in the theaters, thanks to a small-scale theatrical release given by producer Harvey Weinstein who (according to rumor) was penalizing the filmakers for not implementing his edits to the film, but it is taking international and now domestic audiences by storm. Even though Weinstein dumped the film onto video on demand or VOD after a very limited time in U.S. theaters, the independent film grossed $11 million in the U.S. and Canada in box offices and $6.5 million in VOD. It has received a 95% approval rating from Rotten Tomatoes and there are already Oscar rumors.

The film is based on a French graphic novel published in 1982 about an attempt to thwart global warming gone terribly wrong, and the result is an Ice Age in which the remaining humans live on a train that is a technocracy divided strictly according to social class. The film is powerful visually, contains plenty of action and is a sobering exploration on issues of technology, class and power.

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