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Beyond the Crash: ‘Society of the Snow’

“The Society of Snow,” a thrilling Netflix survival drama about the harsh adventurel of passengers stranded in the Andes following a plane crash, premiered recently on January 25, 2024.

The tragic crash of a Uruguayan Air Force plane into the harsh Andes mountains resulted in a catastrophic event, throwing 45 people into a nightmare. This incident, known as the “Miracle of the Andes,” stands as a symbol of human resilience. However, the real narrative of the “Society of Snow” extends past just the crash, exploring the ethical dilemmas and psychological impacts on those who survived against the embrace of the mountains.

“Society of the Snow” refuses to hide away from the uncomfortable truths of the survivors’ choices,  particularly the controversial decision to fall to cannibalism. The film explores into the agonizing internal struggles, the justifications, and the sense of guilt that forever lives. This crude honesty rises the film above the “normal” movie, forcing viewers to confront the complexities of human behavior and thinkng under extreme stress over a life or death scenario.

The film goes beyond the physical challenges, delving into the characters’ internal struggles. We see their guilt, their despair, their hope, and the cracks in their beliefs. This exploration of their mental and emotional journeys makes the characters relatable and their experiences deeply affecting.Also, the film refuses to offer easy answers. The decision to go into cannibalism is presented as a desperate and morally ambiguous act, leaving viewers to stay with their own judgments and understanding. 

What is great about this is it avoids painting the survivors as simple heroes or villains, instead showcasing the complexities of human behavior under unimaginable circumstances.This movie has a heavy focus on each individual character and their internal struggles. While this approach creates strong emotional connections, it might leave some viewers wanting a deeper exploration of the group dynamics and the concrete aspects of the survivors’ experience. 

In contrast to classic disaster films that often focus on the adrenaline parts of survival, “Society of the Snow” bravely explores deeper. It goes into the psychological and emotional landscapes of the Uruguayan Air Force crash survivors, revealing all internal conflicts behind the naked eye.

High school student Pablo Escandon shared his thoughts on the film, and they really help us see what makes this movie special.

He said, “When I watched ‘Society of the Snow,’ it was clear right away that this wasn’t just another disaster movie.”

He pointed out that the movie doesn’t just show people trying to stay alive; it goes deeper, looking at the tough choices and feelings the real people in the crash had to deal with. This is important because it shows the film is not just about action; it’s about understanding what those survivors went through on a deeper level. 

Pablo also mentioned how the movie does a good job of mixing drama with the true story, saying, “The film walks this line between being exciting and sticking to what really happened.” This mix makes the movie both thrilling and respectful of the real events. Pablo’s reaction to the movie’s emotional side is touching. He talked about feeling excited, sad, and thoughtful, just like the characters in the film. His review really highlights how the movie is not only entertaining but also a meaningful and accurate look at a true story of survival.

Martin Ochoa, another high school senior, had a more critical perspective on “Society of the Snow.” He noted that the movie’s portrayal of the survivors’ struggle went beyond a simple retelling of a true story, emphasizing its impact. 

Additionally, Martin found educational value in the film. Although he had little knowledge of the 1972 Andes plane crash before watching, the movie sparked his curiosity, prompting him to seek more information. “The film opened my eyes to the real story of the movie,” he explained, highlighting its ability to encourage further exploration of historical events.

The cinematography also caught Martin’s attention. He described the shots of the Andes as “both beautiful and haunting,” suggesting that the visual elements contributed to the movie’s realism and depth. Moreover, the film prompted him to contemplate the tough survival choices depicted, encouraging a more critical examination of the characters’ decision-making.

In conclusion, “Society of the Snow” is not just a film about surviving against the odds, it’s a deep exploration of the human spirit in the face of such an event. It explores the conventions of the disaster genre by going into the psychological and ethical complexities faced by the survivors of the Andes plane crash.

Personally, I found it a powerful movie that teaches us about the strength people have inside them, and it stuck with me. If you like movies that make you feel and think, then “Society of the Snow” is a great pick. You won’t be disappointed.