SOCIETY OF THE SNOW (2024)
Release Date: 01/04/24 [Netflix]
Genre: Adventure. Drama. History.
"The flight of a rugby team crashes on a glacier in the Andes. The few passengers who survive the crash find themselves in one of the world's toughest environments to survive."
OUR MOVIE REVIEW:
Society of the Snow takes its audience on a harrowing journey of human perseverance and excels in showcasing the value in human life and the horrific sacrifices that were made to preserve it. The brutality of nature is on full display, with the harsh freezing weather conditions and a nonstop onslaught of horrors challenging our protagonists throughout the film. The natural majestic beauty of the sprawling snow covered Andes Mountains, coupled with the star-filled night sky, is juxtaposed with death, chaos, and a torturous Mother Nature that just won’t let up.
Based on an unfortunate true Story of a 1972 Uruguayan plane crash in the desolate winter wasteland atop the snowy Andes Mountains, Society of the Snow memorializes those who perished and honors those who were fortunate enough to survive this horrific incident.
The film features some gnarly special effects that exacerbate the toll of the harsh freezing temperatures and their effects on the human body. One of the most unforgettable of which for me was a character’s bending malnourished teeth.
The acting across the board is a tour de force from the large ensemble cast, boasting a cocktail of emotions literally served on ice. The cinematography successfully captures both the natural beauty of the mountains and the devastating wreckage of a doomed flight.
Society of the Snow is not for the faint hearted, but if you are looking for a well made survival film that reminds us that life is precious and worth fighting for, this is peak cinema.