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Film Reviews: Snowpiercer (2013) & The Machine (2013)
Snowpiercer (2013). Based on the French graphic novel Le Transperceneige by Jacques Lob, Benjamin Legrand, and Jean-Marc Rochette, and directed by Bong Joon-ho. The film is set around 30 years in the future, after mankind has plunged the Earth into an eternal Winter following a failed experiment to reverse climate change. The only survivors live on an enormous train that travels in a circle around a continent. Those in the tail section live under military rule and regularly have their children taken. Following one such incident they plan revolution. Snowpiercer is an odd film. The story has some interesting moments, and some laugh out loud (but not in a good way) moments. It has some fair to middling acting talent e.g. John Hurt, Ed Harris, Chris Evans, and Tilda Swinton. The special effects are also fair to middling. Even more bizarrely it's a South Korean production in English. For me the overall results were mixed, but I did stick with it to the end. Those who love B+ more than B movie science fiction, and haven't been put off so far, may want to give it a whirl. 2/5 (Poor)

The Machine (2013). Written and directed by Caradog W James. Set in the near future, the UK is locked in a cold war with China. The UK is trying to develop artificially intelligent machines to infiltrate the Chinese government, and is utilising injured soldiers to create cyborgs, but having no success. A gifted programmer joins the team and they start to have more luck. For me the Machine suffered from a rather convoluted and erratic plot that ultimately just wasn't very satisfying. 2/5 (Poor)