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In the near future, the threat of global warming have made our stupid leaders further alter mother nature and release a chemical into the atmosphere that would cool down the planet.  The result?  A global ice age, where virtually all life has become extinct.  Only humans and animals aboard the “Snowpiercer” survive, but at a terrible cost.

The Snowpiercer is a train that has dozens of cars, and has been constantly moving all over the frozen planet for about 17 years via tracks that circle the globe.  If the engine dies, the train stops and freezes, killing every person and animal aboard the train.  The Snowpiercer has to keep running and moving; and in order for it to keep running, sacrifices have to be made — sacrifices forced upon the lower class inhabitants of the train.

Those who are at the front of the train are the rich; those at the rear are the unwashed masses.   The front wants to keep people in their place; the rear wants change.  Change is hard to get because the rich have armed guards to quell any uprising.  But…necessity is the mother of invention, and the poor find a way to overcome the guards and overtake car after car; but each takeover becomes more difficult, with each car offering its own surprise and revelation.

Chris Evans plays the leader of the uprising.  With a beard and a heavy layer of grime on his face, he is hardly recognizable from his pretty-boy roles in “The Fantastic Four” and “Captain America.”  You will quickly forget his previous, superhero roles within minutes of watching “Snowpiercer,” as this movie is intense, very violent, and it shows humanity at its worst and best.

One of my memorable, movie moments of “Snowpiercer” is the scene when the poor open the doors to another car, and they see dozens of soldiers armed with knives, axes and spears, and dressed in what looks like S&M costumes.  The car is packed wall to wall with these henchmen of the rich.  I think I would’ve turned around and called it a day after seeing that s@#t!

Another memorable moment of this movie is the scene when Evans looks inside a large vat to see what the food the poor are given is made of.  I’ll leave it as a surprise, but let me say that it’s worse than Soylent Green!

My most memorable, movie moment of “Snowpiercer” is the scene close to the end of the movie when we are told how the balance — the ecosystem of the train — is kept in check.  There are a few surprises here, and a twist or two.  Don’t worry, I won’t spoil it, so that’s that.

Now, let’s talk about the shenanigans in this movie.  “Snowpiercer” implies that there is no exterior maintenance done to the train because it has to keep moving, and anyone who gets caught outside will freeze to death in minutes.  So…we have this train that has been travelling at high speed for about 17 years in a brutal climate, and no maintenance has been done to the outside of the train?  Get the hell out.  Yeah, yeah, it’s mentioned the Snowpiercer was invented by a genius, and it’s built for this kind of use — nope, not good enough.   I’m calling shenanigans!

Despite some big, logical flaws in “Snowpiercer,” I had a great time watching this movie; and I plan to watch it again.  I highly recommend this to fans of apocalyptic movies and those who supported the Occupy Wall Street movement.

Hey…about 2 weeks ago I saw a large bug fly around in my house.  When it landed, it turned out to be a 2 inch cockroach.  I almost screamed like a little girl at a One Direction concert.  Some creatures are too disgusting to live.  I’m talking about the cockroaches, not One Direction.

— M

The first time I saw “Watership Down” was on t.v., back in the early 80s.  I saw the commercial for it and I just had to watch it.  I loved the movie as a boy, and I love it now as an adult.

“Watership Down” is a British animated movie about a group of rabbits who leave their warren because they believe something bad will happen to their old home very soon.  But leaving isn’t so easy, because the warren is run like an oppressive government, led by a Chief Rabbit whose orders must be obeyed, and the orders are enforced by soldier/policemen rabbits.   The rabbits who want to leave (led by a rabbit voiced by John Hurt — you know, that dude who had a baby alien burst out of his chest in the movie “Aliens”) make a break for it anyway; and they encounter many dangers in order to find that perfect home where they can live peacefully and come and go as they please.

But finding a new home is only part of the problem, because all the rabbits in Hurt’s group are male.   So, in order to make their lives and new home whole with new mates and the possibility of future baby rabbits, they look to another warren where male and female rabbits want to leave.  This other warren is run by a huge, tyrant, warrior rabbit called The General; and he has many vicious, soldier rabbits under his command who will kill any rabbit who crosses him.  So, of course, Hurt’s group is going to find it difficult to release the female and male rabbits who are in The General’s warren.

When I first watched “Watership Down,” I don’t think I was aware of the political messages of the movie; but as an adult, yes, I see and hear what the movie is truly about, which makes the story more profound, especially in today’s political climate.  As a kid, though, I mostly remembered the little guy fighting the big guy for what he believed in.  And that leads me to my most memorable, movie moment of “Watership Down”: the scene when one of the good rabbits called Bigwig fought The General, who is twice Bigwig’s size.  Boiled down to a child’s perspective, it’s a person fighting a bully when there is no other choice but to fight.  Fighting the good fight, even though the odds are against the little guy.  I know, I’ve been there, because I’ve had my share of dealing with bullies when I was younger.  Sometimes I stood up to them.  Sometimes I got my ass kicked, sometimes it was a draw, and sometimes it led to no physical altercation.  But I never regretted those moments when I stood up to those idiots despite some of the negative outcomes.

Walk away if you can, but if that’s not possible, then stand up and fight for what you believe is right and just.

M

"Watership Down" drawing

This is my drawing based on a picture I saw as part of an advertisement of “Watership Down” in TV Guide back in the 1980s .  That’s how much I loved this movie…I spent a few hours of my childhood to create this.

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