Past Tense: Movie Review

Past-Tense-PosterI’m a big fan of Kim Chiu. I’ve seen all of her movies and watched all of her soaps, except for Past Tense. I did not quite connect to the plot as I did her other works. After I watched it, I felt like I was right in the first place. Her third movie paired up with Xian Lim did not pack quite the punch that the first two did.

Belle has spent the past 20 years in a coma after a car accident. When she wakes up, everything is different, even her face. She finds out that her survival is considered a medical miracle. In the course of figuring out what do with her life, Father Time makes an appearance and gives her the chance to redo her life before her accident in the hopes of correcting her mistakes and having the happy ending she wanted.

I would say that Past Tense was not a bad movie per se but there was something essential missing from the story to connect the audience to the characters. Kim as the young Belle was a firecracker, much like she was in Bride for Rent but it seemed at times, that she went over the top in her kikay persona. Ai Ai as older version of Belle was pretty spot on and it was fun to see how these two made an active effort to study each other’s behavior to come off as one person and make the portrayal very consistent. Xian as Babs was so-so but then again, his character was pretty much a watered down version of fat guys on film that went before him. Whereas Sam Milby was adorable in My Big Love, sad to say, Xian looked pathetic and so lacking in confidence as Babs that its really hard to take him seriously as a love interest.

The premise of the movie was pretty cool but I felt like since it was already unique in its premise, it should have stuck its guns and done away with having the makeover before the girl falls in love with the guy. I mean, if Belle already realized that she felt something for Babs, then that should have been it, not that he had to develop a six pack to show her what she’s been missing. Belle was not shallow. She was honest but she was not shallow because from the start, she valued her friendship with Babs and that was clear.

Complicated as the story was, I think the problem in developing the love story was with the blending of Babs and Belle. There was really no lead up to that big moment so it was natural for it to be awkward. There was really just friendship between the two and except for his one gesture, Babs did not communicate his intent for Belle to be more than a friend in all of their scenes together. What he did to work out, etc was all done behind Belle’s back and it led to a certain detachment unlike in the first two movies where there was time to bond and develop the two characters as a unit.

There was also the issue of abrupt resolutions that felt forced to meet the requisite happy ending. Really, all of the family issues, friendship issues and love issues was resolved in the space of one night?

All in all, I was disappointed that Star Cinema only relied on star power to sell this movie. Rather than quality, even for a simple love story, it was subpar for a studio offering. Sad to say, for a film that was premised on the fantastic, there was no magic in this one. It felt rushed, and released for the sake of meeting a deadline. For all the charm it promised, it was a dud.

The Maze Runner: Movie Review

the-maze-runner-posterI was very excited when I learned that James Dashner’s The Maze Runner trilogy  was going to get the film treatment, more so when I discovered that they were casting some of my favorite young actors like Dylan O’Brien (Teen Wolf), Thomas Brodie-Sangster (Game of Thrones, Phineas and Ferb) and Kaya Scodelario (Skins UK, Now is Good). After watching the movie, though, I felt that there was a lot that was missing. The film didn’t quite deliver on the hype it built up in the months leading up to the release.

Thomas (O’Brien) wakes up in with no memory in the company of a bunch of boys living in The Glade. The place operates with each of the Gladers performing specific tasks like a small community. But unlike any regular place, the Glade is surrounded by secrets, mainly as it is connected to a giant maze, in which mechanical monsters called Grievers reside. When the first and only girl is sent to the Glade shortly after Thomas, he feels a connection to the newcomer, and senses that there is a higher purpose to their arrival.

The Maze Runner was a well written book but since it is part of a trilogy, it only manages to tell the first part of the story. The film made sure to stay faithful to the book for the most part and interpreted the book in such an amazing way that each detail seemed to be lifted from the literature, from the Glade to the Maze. Kudos to the CGI team as it was obvious the majority of the movie was shot on green/blue screen.

What I felt that was lacking from the movie was the connection between the characters and the characters’ connection to the audience. In the book, there was a great relationship built between Thomas and the Gladers, particularly Newt, Minho, and Chuck but in the movie, it seemed that all the focus was on Thomas and all the rest of the characters were just gravy. It was such a shame that the characters were not given a bigger chance to shine because the teen that they cast as Minho (Ki Hong Lee) was really very charismatic as a a hero and embodied his literary counterpart really well. As for Newt, my favorite book character, I felt like his film version got the shot end of the stick because the script did not allow for Brodie-Sangster to display the levelheadedness and bravery of the character that made Newt special. Chuck, in my honest opinion was a miscast because Blake Cooper looked to be too old to be that vulnerable. Chuck needed to be smaller and more innocent looking. In the book, he followed Thomas around everywhere and idolized him but in the film, aside from one moment, there was nothing significant that connected them, which made Thomas’s devastation in the end a bit of a overreaction.

I think Gally’s character was the most watered down among all the Gladers. He was neither a bully or a leader and made for an uncertain villain.

While I believe that the proper editing of the source material is essential in making for a successful film adaptation, the filmmakers just simplified most of the events in the book yet failed to establish the essence behind them. Because of this, it lost much of the impact of what the maze truly stood for.

All in all, The Maze Runner relied too heavily on the effects to provide the adventure part of the story and forgot that it had a cast of really strong young actors at its disposal too. I hope filmmakers does better in the Scorch Trials because as it stands, the Maze Runner was a pretty underwhelming beginning to a supposedly action filled trilogy. And with the amount of movies vying for the same market, the sequel should step up its game or become one of those generic movies that everyone just forgot.

Mockingjay Part 1: Movie Review

the_hunger_games__mockingjay_part_1__fan_art__by_phoenixpx-d6ul9fzI must admit that when I heard that the studios were breaking down Mockingjay, the final installment in the Hunger Games trilogy into two movies, I was a bit skeptical as to how it was going to be done. Mockingjay was not longer than Hunger Games and Catching Fire, and did not have that much of material to spread into two films. Still, because Lionsgate did such a great job with the Catching Fire movie, I was compelled to check out the first part of the finale.

After the Quarter Quell ended with the rebels extracting Katniss and some of their allies from the games, Katniss wakes up in District 13, a district that many have believed to be decimated by the first war. She learns that after her act of defiance at the games, the Capitol retaliated by bombing District 12 and the remaining survivors are at being harbored by President Coin, the leader of 13. Because of her strong connection with the people in the districts, Katniss is asked to become the symbol of the revolution as the Mockingjay. Still worried about Peeta, who was left at the Capitol along with Joanna and Annie, Katniss strikes a deal to lead the revolution in exchange for Peeta’s safe return. But knowing President Snow, he does everything in his power to keep the rebellion from gaining control and if he has to kill a couple of thousand people to do it, so be it.

Catching Fire was leaps and bounds better than The Hunger Games but Mockingjay Part 1 had a different appeal. It was great in the sense that it felt like as the franchise progresses, the filmmaking evolves along with it. Whereas in the first movie, there was still a hint of innocence in some of the characters, that innocence and optimism that was tested to its limits in the second movie, and the third installment makes no bones about its quiet maturity.

The feel of the movie in itself was more serious, darker and more intense, and in this sense, it was more in line with the grittier depiction of war in Suzanne Collins’ book. As homes are destroyed, families divided and the people in the districts becoming more oppressed, Mockingjay makes no apologies about raising the stakes with powerful performances by its lead stars coupled with excellent filmmaking from Francis Lawrence, who also helmed Catching Fire. I think having the same director who understood the essence of the source material was a great asset in the filmmaking process as Lawrence was able to bring vision and consistency to the remainder of the franchise, same as what David Yates did for the Harry Potter movies.

While there were times that I thought Jennifer Lawrence was over-emoting as Katniss, I must admit that in the moments where she needed to shine as the leader of the rebellion, she did so with such intensity that no one would wonder why she is one of the youngest Oscar winners. I’m glad Phillip Seymour Hoffman was able to complete this installment before he died because he brought so much to the table as Plutarch Heavensensbee, the gamemaster, who knew how to play everyone. And the best part was he did it with such ease that it felt so natural. On the other hand, Elizabeth Banks was the perfect comic relief, yet, she provided a sense of wistfulness to the movie which was refreshing given the heavy content of the film. Woody Harrelson just kills it everytime and I’m interested how Josh Hutcherson tackles Peeta going to pieces in the next installment.

Among the great strengths of the movie was great character development – Gale was obviously being set up for what will happen in the final movie and while there was nothing much for his character in this installment, Liam Hemsworth delivered a moving performance (well, as much as the material would allow). I felt like Julianne Moore was not the best choice for the role of President Coin. She’s probably one of the best actresses in Hollywood and I love her but I felt like someone with a sterner look and a more rigid approach would have suited the role better.

The film had great buildup to the revolution. There were lots of cool scenes leading up to the attacks and I especially loved the tree climbing lumberjacks in District 7 and Les Miserable-lesque attack on the dam that supplies electricity to the Capitol. The scoring also helped set the mood of the story, and helped build the suspense when it was needed.

As expected, Mockingjay wrung out every part of the material that could be fleshed out and milked the source material for even the most minute detail, even those that the book did not expound on. It’s a good thing for fans of the book as Mockingjay followed the material quite faithfully. In doing two movies, there is little room for omission and plenty of space for embellishment so fans will have to see for themselves what will happen in the last film.

All in all, I think The Hunger Games franchise just keeps getting better with each installment and Mockingjay is so far the strongest film in the set. It’s a good indication for what’s to come and I hope that the final movie does not disappoint seeing as how the momentum is at its peak.

13 Sins: Movie Review

13-Sins-2014-Picture-Wallpaper-HD-For-DesktopI stumbled across this title from a website about low profile horror movies and immediately hunted down a copy. The poster, for one looked promising. Obviously, I was successful so I was able to check out this American remake of a Thai horror comedy called 13 Beloved. Rest assured, there’s nothing comedic about 13 Sins, which is a darned good thing.

Elliot Brindle (Mark Webber) is a mild mannered salesman responsible for the care of his racist father (Tom Bower), his mentally handicapped brother (Devon Graye), and his pregnant girlfriend (Rutina Wesley). He does so willingly and without complaint because of his kind heart. But when everything falls apart before his wedding, he finds himself at the end of his rope. Just then, a mysterious phone call gives him the opportunity to earn millions in the space of 36 hours. According to the voice, the game is comprised of 13 challenges. It starts off pretty innocently but as with most suspicious calls, the challenges soon take a nefarious turn and Elliot soon finds himself the subject of a police manhunt led by Detective Chilcoat (Ron Perlman).

I think 13 Sins is one of those films that starts out inauspiciously but grows in strength with the passage of each minute. Mark Webber does a pretty good job in portraying the meek lead character and really comes across as someone that audiences can empathize with, even during the challenges when he evolves into someone far different.

First off, what I really liked about the film was the fluidity in the storytelling — the buildup to the suspense and the gradual changes in the trend of the challenges as well as Elliot’s character which is illustrated by his reaction to the new tasks posed by the voice. I think the story dictated the tone of the film and enabled it to set the focus on the characters and the situation so the audience also become absorbed in the moment.

Kudos to writer/director Daniel Stamm (The Last Exorcism) for successfully creating a film that gets audiences to question whether or not they would have made the same choices as Elliot or walked away from the growing pile of money waiting to be collected after the last challenge. When audiences begin to compare themselves to a character, it just means that they are able to relate to what they are seeing and that’s always a positive.

I must admit that at first, the film reminded me of Saw. But I realized as it moved forward, that it was able to break away from the mold and create its own great moments of horror. Like Saw, there was a great story behind the brutality rooted at a strong connection between the characters that was revealed towards the end of the movie. But unlike Saw, this was more about the psychology of one person and the extent to which he can hold on to his humanity when pushed to the edge.

All in all. 13 Sins was a great horror and I’m glad that it chose to go dark instead of the horror comedy route the original Thai version took. This made the film more legit. Its true that 13 Sins was not the first movie of its kind and it did share the same premise as other psychological thrillers before but it stood out from the rest because it was intelligently written (with great parallelisms to drug addiction), well acted and inventive in its approach to the execution and in the end, everything just blended together marvelously. And when audiences have a lead character they can totally root for, its hard to screw that up.

Transformers: Age of Extinction Movie Review

Transformers_Age_of_Extinction_Poster.jpegMichael Bay pretty much screwed himself when he made such great Transformers movies and finishing the trilogy with such a bang in 2011. Now that he has returned to the franchise to set off a fresh saga a la George Lucas in Star Wars, people are using the bar he set for himself to compare his latest offering starring action superstar Mark Wahlberg , Stanley Tucci and Kelsey Grammer. My take — Transformers: Age of Extinction was a great movie given Michael Bay’s expertise in delivering blockbuster style popcorn movies but while it had its strengths, it was nowhere as good as the first three movies in the franchise.

Years after the war in Chicago where the Autobots helped the humans preempt the invasion led by Sentinel Prime and Megatron, all aliens are being hunted down by the government, with the alliance with the Autobots severed as they are now seen as a threat to humanity. In order to effect this extermination , CIA lead agent Harold Attinger (Kelsey Grammer) has allied himself with a Transformer bounty hunter named Lockdown, who wants Optimus Prime as part of his collection. To hedge his bets, Attinger has also entered into a secret deal with billionaire visionary Joshua Joyce (Stanley Tucci), head of research facility KSI, where Joyce is initiating a program to develop his own Transformers using an element called Transformium, the same metal the Transformers are made of. Meanwhile, an injured Optimus Prime disguised as a rustbucket of a truck is bought and found by amateur inventor Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg) in Texas, who eventually helps him reunite with the other Autobots to stop Attinger from his plans to extinguish their race.

From the beginning, Michael Bay was pretty consistent with his style of directing in all of the movies of the franchise. Even his formula remained the same. There was a requisite hot chick Tessa (Nicola Peltz), Cade’s 17 year old daughter, her Irish boyfriend Shane (Jack Raynor), a main villain (Grammer) and a main hero (Wahlberg). It was admittedly a stretch for Mark Wahlberg to be playing a geek of any sort but somehow, he sorta, kinda make it work in his own way. Besides, his backstory as a high school jock sort of justified why he was able to pull off a lot of physical stuff. Mark is a great actor and can play pretty much anything – action, drama and even comedy so the way he played Cade was pretty fun, especially when he was being a protective dad butting heads with his daughter’s suitor. I was pretty annoyed with the daughter across the board because she was basically just in the way of everything but I can’t really say I blame her because the only reason she was written in the movie was just to look pretty and wear skimpy outfits.

SINGLE EXPRESSION. This was the extent of Nicola Peltz's acting in Transformers: AGe of Extinction. Yes, she was perfectly made up throughout the movie.

SINGLE EXPRESSION. This was the extent of Nicola Peltz’s acting in Transformers: AGe of Extinction. Yes, she was perfectly made up throughout the movie.

What’s different about this edition of Transformers was that there was no clear direction in the narrative. It seemed like the filmmakers wanted to open up different storylines all at the same time to establish the beginning of a new trilogy and this made  it  hard to focus on what the more immediate problem was. And because of this, the relationship between the humans and the Autobots were not as effective, unlike in the first Transformers movie where Bee clicked wit Sam straight off the bat and the movie proceeded from there. In my opinion, what drove the first three movies was the combined struggle of humans and Autobots against the Decepticons. There was a common enemy and there was an emotional connection that made the robots seem human. This was also the key why audiences loved the Transformers — because they shared the same connection to the characters and felt like the Autobots were their friends.

AUTOBOT RESISTANCE. Aside from the Dinobots, only five Autobots remain -- Hound, Drift, Crosshairs, Bumblebee and Prime

AUTOBOT RESISTANCE. Aside from the Dinobots, only five Autobots remain — Hound, Drift, Crosshairs, Bumblebee and Prime

There is a fresh batch of Autobots introduced in Age of Extinction. Only Bee and Optimus remain from the original batch, giving the conclusion that all of the Autobots have been killed by the humans and scrapped for parts. It was a heartbreaking thought already but Bay milked that idea and included one heartbreaking scene where a beloved Autobot was executed. It was quite brilliant because it elicited the same emotions as that scene in Dark of the Moon where Doc was killed mercilessly.

This scene kind of justified how embittered Prime has become in this installment. While the leader of the Autobots was once selfless, patient and calm, this time around, he was obviously on a quest for blood against those who hunted down and killed his friends. He seemed unrecognizable for a bit but not entirely alien to the audiences who loved him from the start.

The new Autobots were really cool, especially Hound, voiced by John Goodman. I liked his toughness and scrappiness even backed against a corner. For the part of the humans, Stanley Tucci and Mark Wahlberg did great in their characters. Since this was indeed a popcorn flick, they had fun with their roles and delivered really solid performances. They were really entertaining to watch, and for a couple of guys lugging around an alien bomb that has the potential to level an entire major city, they were pretty cool about the whole thing. On the other hand, the father-daughter thing was a hard sell throughout the movie, seeming to create an Armageddon type scene between Cade and Tessa but it didn’t work quite as well because Nicola Peltz pretty much has one expression in all of her scenes. Li Bingbing, on the other hand, started out so subtly and came out in the movie as someone to really watch out for.

DINOBOTS. Optimus Prime rides Grimlock into battle.

DINOBOTS. Optimus Prime rides Grimlock into battle.

Despite the film’s flaws, one thing that totally made up for it was the appearance of the Dinobots. These dudes were totally badass. They were huge, they were awesome. They didn’t look much like the cartoons, but none of the Transformers actually looked like their animated counterparts. The design for Grimlock (T-Rex) and Strafe (Triceroptops) were very cool.  It was a shame that they were in the film for only a short portion but having been introduced to the franchise, there is always that new possibility of reappearance in the next installments. I am confident that there would be new films because of the open storylines. And the Transformers’ connection to the extinction of the dinosaurs, priceless.

Its hard not to geek out watching a Transformers movie, and if there’s one thing this film is not short of, its action, great CGI, and really marketable characters. This film just kept on pushing its boundaries. After it perfected its CGI on the robot design and transformation, it kept things fresh this time around with a more fluid transformation sequences with the Transformium on Galvatron and Stinger. There was no shortage of intense car chases, gunfights, battle sequences and heart pounding action scenes to keep audiences on the edge of their seats.

All in all, audiences won’t notice that Age of Extinction ran for two hours and 45 minutes. There was a lot going on, as is expected from a franchise trying to establishing a new chapter and at the same time trying to keep it as far away from the original trilogy as much as possible. I think that this sequel should be considered a transition movie, and as such, it should be cut some slack because it did a pretty decent job. With a film of this length and magnitude, there’s a lot of room to go wrong, and Transformers was far from perfect, but what it managed to get right, it did so brilliantly that these are what the audiences will remember after leaving the theater. If it managed to accomplish one thing, it was to blow the door wide open for new movies in the Transformers universe. And with the success of this installment in the box office, I think that was what the studios were gunning for.

Much Ado About Nothing (2012): Movie Review

MuchAdoIn the same year director/screenwriter Joss Whedon released Marvel’s The Avengers, effectively cementing him as one of the best action/adventure filmmakers of all time (in my opinion, anyways), he also directed an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing and shot it for 12 days in his home in Santa Monica.

The plot basically follows the love stories of two central couples, the flippant Senor Benedick (Alexis Denisof, Angel) and the razor tongued Beatrice (Amy Acker, Dollhouse), who share a failed romantic history and hide their feelings for each other with barbs and character attacks; and the young Count Claudius (Fran Kranz, Dollhouse)and Lady Hero (Jillian Morgese, The Avengers/waitress from the restaurant) whom he fell for at first sight. As Hero’s father Leonato (Clark Gregg, The Avengers) and Don Pedro, the Prince (Reed Diamond, Dollhouse) play cupid to them, the Prince’s jealous bastard brother Don John and his cohorts, seek to put a wrench on the two couple’s happy endings. Nathan Fillion (Firefly) also  stars as Dogberry, the constable in charge of Messina’s night watch.

I must admit that at first, I had trouble reconciling the contemporary setting with Shakespeare’s prose. I felt like the weight of Shakespeare’s words, which spoke of wars and the the lords and ladies, and the majesty of old Italy, were undercut by the setting, which was a house party with a bunch of friends hanging around and enjoying wine. It seemed very different from Baz Luhrman’s modern day adaptation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet which starred Leonardo Dicaprio and Claire Danes which made an effort to really adopt the words with the environment.

It seems like an unfair comparison because Luhrman’s movie obviously had a bigger budget to work with while Whedon’s movie seemed like a laid back art project performed by a bunch of friends whom he worked with in his different projects. If one is familiar with Whedon’s work, they will immediately recognize actors from Angel, Buffy, Dollhouse and The Avengers in this movie and it gets pretty fun to identify which project with Whedon they were in.

But what’s really striking about this Whedon adaptation is his ability to bring all of these great actors together and cast them perfectly in a classic story so that they can make these characters thrive in a modern day setting, all within the confines of a Santa Monica summer home.

I think Alexis Denisof is a standout in this film. While he does not exactly strike people as a Hollywood leading man type, the personality he injects into the character of Benedick makes him shine as the most likeable character in the bunch. Amy Acker as film’s central heroine does not give an inch, answering each of Benedick’s line with a barb of her own.

The cinematography is marvelous. Every shot is framed perfectly to showcase the relaxed environment and Whedon’s beautiful home and the black and white treatment gives the film a distinctive sophistication identified with vintage Hollywood movies. I also liked the scoring in Hero’s funeral service and while I don’t really get how somebody could easily forget such as public shaming as she suffered out of love in the snap of a finger (this is entirely Shakespeare’s fault), it makes sense that a happy ending should happen in an intimate celebration among friends and family.

All in all, it was a refreshing watch for me, knowing this was the same director who helmed my favorite sci-fi, fantasy, action adventures on film and television. It was artistic but not too highbrow. It was fun when it needed to be and somber when the story commanded it. Basically, the film did well enough given its limitations. For me, the film’s greatest strength is the familiarity of the actors and the directors with each other that producing a quality film, even on a shoestring budget is just a given. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if these actors were working pro bono in deference to their respect of Whedon, who placed his confidence in them to shine in their movie/TV projects. At the end of the film, I’m still weirded out by the house party setting for this Shakespeare adaptation but it definitely made me want to grab a glass of wine and hang out by the poolside (unfortunately, there is none nearby. Bummer). That’s just a good feeling.

Snowpiercer: Movie Review

SNOWPIERCER_LE-TRANSPERCENEIGE-Affiche-defHad I not checked what was showing on the cinemas the other day, I might never have found out about Snowpiercer, a South Korean production starring Captain America himself, Chris Evans, along with other Hollywood A-listers Tilda Swinton, John Hurt, Ed Harris and Jamie Bell. Had I missed it, it would have been a great shame because it was one finely executed movie.

Snowpiercer is an action thriller inspired by the French graphic novel Le Transperceneige which director Boon Joon ho read in a comic book store in Korea. The film chronicles the events 17 years after a failed experiment called CW7 screwed up the Earth’s weather resulting in a new ice age that killed all life on the planet except for a precious few who managed to board the Snowpiercer, a train that is built to run non stop throughout the year. The train is self sustaining and equipped with all the facilities needed for its occupants to survive. However, it operates on a class system wherein the rich and privileged occupy the front of the locomotive in luxury while the poor are cramped in the tail living in inhumane conditions and subsisting only on disgusting protein bars that the train’s owner Mr. Wilford (Ed Harris) provides. When the abuse continues to worsen, Curtis Everett (Chris Evans), aided by cues from a mysterious ally from the front, forms a plan with tail end elder Gilliam (William Hurt) and his best friend Edgar (Jamie Bell) to take the engine. In order to get past the doors leading to the different compartments, they enlist the help of Namgoon Minsu (Song Kang Ho), a prisoner who designed the train’s mechanism and his clairvoyant daughter Yona (Go Ah Sung).

CAN'T CATCH A BREAK. Rebels realize that getting to the engine is not as easy as they imagined it to be.

CAN’T CATCH A BREAK. Rebels realize that getting to the engine is not as easy as they imagined it to be.

The performance of the cast is already a given. The strong Hollywood cast, coupled with top Korean actors made for an explosive combination that that made the story more compelling and effective. From the beginning, the film took its time to lay the foundation for an interesting plot. Each segment of the train held an unexpected challenge that surprised not only the characters but also the audience resulting in a lot of facepalm moments when the characters find it hard to catch a break. But the brilliance of the film really lies with its ability to use the segments as building blocks that gradually add to the story. Characters talk in riddles, leaving clues for audiences to follow. Towards the beginning, the filmmakers were leaving crumbs about him not being who people thought he was, but when his backstory is unraveled, it was just so gutwrenching that its really hard not to be torn between dismay or sympathy for the rebel leader.When Curtis finally reveals the events that led to the revolt and how his character is connected to other people in the tail, the audiences will feel like they have been through the journey with Curtis himself.  But just as Curtis unburdens himself and audiences think everything is over, yet another plot is revealed and this one is more mind boggling and shocking.

TOTAL TRANSFORMATION. Tilda Swinton's portrayal of Mr. Wilford's quirky lieutenant Mason is creepy but entertaining.

TOTAL TRANSFORMATION. Tilda Swinton’s portrayal of Mr. Wilford’s quirky lieutenant Mason is creepy but entertaining.

Koreans are known for their excellent cinematography and film style and Snowpiercer does not disappoint. The style in which the movie was executed  was magnificent and very consistent with the graphic novel itself. Tilda Swinton’s portrayal of the quirky Mason added to the sense of the overall unreality of the film as well as the over the top mind conditioning in the front of the train.

All in all, I would venture to say that Snowpiercer, despite its relative lack of promotion, is one movie that deserves to be seen. It is intelligent and methodical. It is visually arresting and stunning. It deals with characters that are multi-faceted and engaging. It affects audiences on an emotional and intellectual level. At the end of the film, audiences will continue to marvel at its execution and this is a mark of its pure awesomeness.