‘Society of the Snow’ Review: JA Bayona’s Netflix Film Brings the Andes’ Survival Story ‘Alive’ Again

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By journalsofus.com

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“Society of the Snow” retells the story of a 1972 plane crash in the Andes.


It’s been more than 30 years since the movie “Alive,” based on the true story of a Uruguayan rugby team whose flight crashed in the Andes in 1972, forcing the survivors to resort to cannibalism. Now, “Society of the Snow” retells that story in a Spanish-language production under the guidance of Spanish director JA Bayona, which soberly captures the harrowing tragedy without bringing much new or distinctive to the picture.

In fact, while the heavily narrated film makes the most of an attempt to present everything that happened in depth, the film ultimately feels like a slightly longer version of its 1993 predecessor, calling it ” Movies you’ll probably never see. plane.”

Selected as Spain’s Oscar contender for International Film, “Society of the Snow” arrives on Netflix (after a mandatory theatrical pause), where viewers will be treated to a harrowing tale of loss and death and a rise of fortitude and indomitable humanity. Can see the performance. Spirit in circumstances where despair seemed like a perfectly reasonable response.

Bayona (who shares script credit with three others, adapting a book by Pablo Virsi) completely abandons the characters, despite spending extra time with them before the signature moment when the plane crashes in the mountains. is executed in terrifying detail.

Facing the cold elements, lack of food, and soon realizing that rescue may not be coming soon, the conversation turns to the question of what they must do to sustain themselves, and what they will do if they perish. What is the morality of eating them?

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Enzo Vogrinsik (foreground) in “Society of the Snow”.

While the previous film provided a showcase for some of its young stars — Ethan Hawke and Josh Lucas — “Society of the Snow” is more of an ensemble piece, with the cast overcoming their own challenges making the film on location. , which includes Enzo Vogrinsik, Mattias Recalt, Agustín Pardella, Esteban Cukrizka, Tomas Wolf, Diego Veggese and Esteban Bigliardi. Bayona judiciously drops in flashbacks that serve more as fleeting glimpses of memories passing through his mind than as ways of deepening our understanding of the individual players.

Having made his mark in the US with films like “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” and another disaster epic, “The Impossible,” Bayona has attacked the material with utmost efficiency, incorporating the more esoteric details that come to hand. Suitable for the task undertaken. Make a picnic to see it.

In both its cultural specificity and passage of time, “Society of the Snow” delivers a credible take on a remarkable story – augmented by the prolific Michael Giacchino’s score – while remaining somewhat bound by the limitations imposed by the events as they unfold. Till is interrupted.

As serious as this new production is, is it enough to warrant seeing it once, let alone sitting through a rerun for those who have seen “Alive?” It’s, frankly, a lot to climb. Looks like a high mountain.

‘Society of the Snow’ will premiere on Netflix on January 4. It has been given an R rating.

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