Taking the Snowpiercer Train to Gaza, Syria and Iraq in the Company of Niccolo Machiavelli, Thomas Hobbes and Karl Marx.

August 1, 2014 7:37 PM

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Because this article is written in response to the spate of mainstream media reviews accompanying the release of Snowpiercer, first on the internet and then in theatrical distribution, rather than present a synopsis and review of the film, the author instead considers both the critical responses to the film and ruminates philosophically on the political, cultural and historical influences on Bong Joon-ho. The reader who has not yet seen Snowpiercer may enjoy reading Charles Karel Bouley's Huffinton Post review, or some other introduction to the film in addition to this afterword.

Now that the reviews are all in on Snowpiercer and near-unanimously showering accolades on South-Korean director, Bong Joon-ho, for his singular, rampaging essay on the human condition, we will likely see a second wave of commentary trickle in, this time by the serious cultural critics who specializ...

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