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Snowpiercer Review

 

Disclaimer: The views expressed here are mine alone and do not represent those of allgames.com. The Snowpiercer movie is rated R-Restricted, and should not be seen by anyone under 17 years of age unless accompanied by parents or guardians.

Introduction to the Snowpiercer Review

Truth be told, it took me over four days (not consecutively) to finish watching this movie in its entirety since I took plenty of breaks away from it. Of course this may be different for you. Find out why it took me so long to watch the complete movie. Even more importantly, find out if Snowpiercer is a movie that I recommend you watch by checking out my movie review.

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Plot of the Snowpiercer Movie

If you watch the Snowpiercer movie, it becomes obvious that a better title for this film would have been simply “The Train.”  Yes, there is snow in the movie but almost all of the action takes place in the train and revolves around what is happening in the train,

In a nutshell, Snowpiercer is a 2013 movie about the plight of a group of people who are the only remaining humans after the earth is frozen to an icy, snowy wasteland due to the release of a chemical. The survivals of this disaster "cohabitate" on a train.

The movie details the violent struggles a group of people in the tail end of the train endured as well as the man who would become their leader, Chris Evans -- who plays the part of Curtis Everett.

As you probably know, Chris Evans gained fame in the Marvel Avengers role of Captain America. By the way, he has acted in a number of other movies including the film The Red Sea Diving Resort. By the way, he also has a streaming TV mini-series on Apple TV, Defending Jacob.

Little Known Fact: The Snowpiercer movie is the basis for a TV series by the same name starring Jennifer Connolly and Daveed Diggs that was released on May 17, 2020.

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Violence in the Snowpiercer Movie

The Snowpiercer movie is rated R due to the amount of and intensity of violence and probably because of some of the other grotesque events that happen during this movie. I was a little taken aback that Chris Evans would appear in such a film. Maybe he accepted a part in the movie because of the reputation of the director, Bong Joon-Ho who also later won awards for directing the movie Parasite.

Regardless of the reason, the extreme violence in Snowpiercer was one of the reasons it took me a few days to see the complete film. As I mentioned earlier, maybe you will be able to stomach watching this film all the way through in one setting, but for me -- I had to look at this movie in segments.

Actors in the Snowpiercer Movie

The movie Snowpiercer was star-studded in a way, because in addition to Chris Evans, other characters included future academy award winner, Octavia Spencer and others. Continuing on a positive note, I think the actors did an adequate, realistic job of portraying their roles. In other words, they made their parts seem believable.

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Suspense in the Snowpiercer Movie

Aside from the senseless violence and gross events happening in the movie, there is a sense of suspense if you watch the Snowpiercer film. For instance, you will probably wonder what will happen to the various groups of people -- especially those at the “tail end” of the train. Additionally, you may be curious about the future of Chris Evan’s character as the leader of the tail end. Will he get “promoted” to work at the front of the train, and even more suspenseful -- who in his regime, including himself -- will survive?

Assessment of the Snowpiercer Movie

In my opinion, Snowpiercer is basically a hash and slash movie, in the most grossiest way. There are also disturbing images in the Snowpiercer film including insects, descriptive survival dialogue and the degrading use of children. For these reasons, I cannot recommend this movie. Of course, you may you want to check out the movie for yourself and come to your own conclusions. 

After watching the Snowpiercer movie, you may come away thinking about the message the writers and director were trying to convey -- if any. Or similar to me, you will probably just try to forget the movie altogether.

Conversely, because of my negative reaction to this film and delay in watching the complete movie, maybe that is a testament to how well the actors played their roles on this train -- which like the movie, appeared to be going nowhere fast -- pun intended.

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Rating of the Snowpiercer Movie

Based on a rating of 1 star to 5 stars with 5 stars being the highest, I rate the Snowpiercer movie 1 ½ stars.

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The Marine 6: Close Quarters Review

Disclaimer for The Marine 6: Close Quarters Review:  The views expressed here are mine alone and do not represent those of algames.com.

Introduction to The Marine 6: Close Quarters Review

In light of the publicity surrounding Becky Lynch aka Rebecca Quin on becoming a new mother, you may be interested to know that she is a movie star of sorts. Becky Lynch stars as Maddie Hayes in the 2018 Marine 6: Close Quarters action movie along with Shawn Michaels as Luke Trapper and Mike Mizani as Jake Carter. How did Beckly Lynch -- who relinquished her WWE championship due to her upcoming motherhood -- fare as an actor? Check out my movie review of The Marine 6: Close Quarters film to find out.

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Plot of The Marine 6: Close Quarters Movie

The plot of The Marine 6 Close Quarters movie is a familiar one dealing with kidnapping. In fact, you may want to check out my movie reviews revolving around kidnapping -- namely Sleepless and Close.

I think that the setting where most of the action took place in The Marine 6: Close Quarters movie seemed to be more creative than some of the other kidnapping movies I’ve seen. The abandoned building known to be inhabited by “squatters” as well as the underground tunnels were fitting environments for some of the action scenes in The Marine 6: Close Quarters movie. 

Three  (3) Positives of The Marine 6: Close Quarters Movie

  1. Location of Action Scenes in The Marine 6: Close Quarters Movie -- As mentioned above, the abandoned dilapidated giant building complete with maze-like underground tunnels were ideal locations to stage plenty of the fights and chases. Not only were these creative locations, but the building's run-down appearance, the confusing layout of the building as well as the tunnel passages added to the suspense of the chases in the Marine 6: Close Quarters movie. 
  1. Acting Skills Displayed in The Marine 6: Close Quarters Movie -- Given that acting is not the major career for Becky Lynch, I think she did an adequate job playing her part. Additionally,  in my opinion, her limited appearances in the movie were a positive, given that you will probably pay more attention to what is happening in the film whenever she shows up on screen. 
  1. Commanding Presence of Becky Lynch in The Marine 6: Close Quarters Movie -- As you probably know, Becky Lynch’s role was not that of a damsel in distress who needed to be saved. To the contrary, she played the part of the villain. During her scenes, she made a commanding presence, meaning her cohorts seemed to accept her as the leader.

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Three (3) Negatives of the Marine 6: Close Quarters Movie 

  1. The Marine 6: Close Quarters Movie is Not Military or War Based -- Based on the title, The Marine 6: Close Quarters -- you may expect this film to be a war, or a battle movie. To the contrary, the location of this movie is far from any war zone -- being situated in Portland, Oregon. I understand this movie is the 6th in the WWE Studios film series which accounted for the number 6 in the title; however, I still expected the film to be war-based which it was not. 
  1. Sound Effects in The Marine 6: Close Quarters Movie -- The Marine 6: Close Quarters movie had plenty of displaced sound effects starting with the muffled background music of the film. During the fight scenes, you will hear plenty of grunts and low-level screaming sounds even while the actors have their mouths completely closed. In short, this movie will not be recognized in a positive way for sound effects. 
  1. Acting Skills Displayed in The Marine 6: Close Quarters Movie -- Acting skills in The Marine 6: Close Quarters are both a negative and a positive -- depending on the particular actor. I gave an acting  pass to Becky Lynch for her skills; however, when combined with those of the other characters -- the overall calibre of acting displayed in The Marine 6: Close Encounters movie is a strong negative. For instance, there were several scenes where the kidnapped victim played by Louisa Connolly Burnham as Sarah Dillion had a plain expressionless face - but on queue she changed her face to show fear when she was in front of the camera. To describe most of the the acting in this film, I would use the word, “amateurist.” 

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Assessment of The Marine 6: Close Quarters Movie 

I listed the same number of positives and negatives in The Marine 6: Close Quarters movie; however, the negatives overshadowed the positives. Personally, when I watch a movie, I want to see some realism of the storyline as displayed by the actors and also by the director. The fight scenes at times seemed repetitive and appeared to be acrobatic stunts instead of fights. The misplaced sound effects further degraded the action scenes in the movie, The Marine 6: Close Quarters.   

The movie will not be categoried  as a masterpiece by any means; however, if you want to watch Becky Lynch play the part of a villain, it may be worth your time to check out The Marine 6: Close Quarters film.

Rating of The Marine 6: Close Quarters Movie

Based on a rating of 1 star to 5 stars with 5 stars being the highest, I rate The Marine 6: Close Quarters movie 2 3/4 stars.

 

The Standard Among Horror Movies? - The Cabin in the Woods - An Amazon Prime Video Movie Review by Ms. H

Disclaimer:  The views expressed here are mine alone and do not represent those of allgames.com.

Introduction to The Cabin in the Woods - An Amazon Prime Video Movie Review by Ms. H

Since I’ve been comparing some horror movies with The Cabin in the Woods film, I was surprised I had not yet reviewed it. One such movie I reviewed was Annihilation.  Did The Cabin in the Woods movie set a high standard for similar type horror films? Check out my movie review to find out.

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Plot of The Cabin in the Woods Movie

The title  - The Cabin in the Woods - gives you a general idea of what this film is about. In short, a group of young people - 5 to be exact - ventures out on what they think will be a fun weekend vacation in a cabin in the woods. They were simply good friends seeking to experience an adventure, or maybe just to enjoy a relaxing weekend. Little did they know the horrors that were ahead for them.

Jump Scares in The Cabin in the Woods Movie

The Cabin in the Woods as one of the standards for horror movies is not based on the number of jump scares in the film. I think this movie shows the extent some humans (though fictional of course) will go through to be grotesquely entertained, if you can call it that.

Little Known Fact: One of the stars who meets his demise in this 2012 film would later become one of highest paid actors in the movie industry. He is none other than Chris Hemsworth.

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Technology in The Cabin in the Woods Movie

When I rewatched The Cabin in the Woods movie, I had forgotten the influences technology played in the film. I recall initially trying to determine who would survive the horrors the group faced. But after rewatcching this movie, I see that technology was really the backbone of the movie, even though it is still categorized  as a horror film.

Who Survives in The Cabin in the Woods Movie?

Most horror movies have a scene of a woman running through the forest, slipping and falling while being pursued by monsters etc. If you watch The Cabin in the Woods movie, you will probably guess which of the five characters met this fate. Additionally, someone you may expect  to be a victim of the horrors probably because of his lifestyle - actually survived.

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Monsters, Etc. in The Cabin in the Woods Movie

Spoiler Alert: There is a scene in The Cabin in the Woods movie where it seemed like every horror you could think of was unleashed. Some of the scenes may be too gross to watch, so you may have to turn your head from the screen like I did. That being said, the writer decided to add a unicorn in the midst of these horrible monsters such as snakes, mermans and yes -- clowns.

My question is how did unicorns become part of a horror movie? Wouldn’t it be more fitting to show gigantic tarantulas, or some other large arachnid insects instead? However, the choice to use a unicorn in the movie in this “sea of monsters” will not impact my overall rating for The Cabin in The Woods film.

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Assessment of The Cabin in the Wood

If you enjoy horror movies, I think you may enjoy watching The Cabin in the Woods film. It’s a horror film that has a solid story behind it and plenty of monsters.

Additionally and as I alluded to earlier, you will see Chris Hemsworth when he was just getting started to be recognized in movies and before he made the transition to the superhero he is now known for - Thor. However, nowadays he plays other roles, just as he did in the recent action film - Extraction.

To answer the question of is The Cabin in the Woods still a standard among similar type horror movies, my answer is a resounding “Yes.” 

Rating of The Cabin in the Wood

Based on a rating of 1 star to 5 stars with 5 stars being the highest, I rate The Cabin in the Woods movie 5 stars.

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