“Fight your way to the front of the train.”
Hey kids. Wanna see a movie? How about a crazy intense film that feels like a mix of 1984, The Hunger Games, Noah’s Ark, and … Supertrain? Cool, then catch Snowpiercer which is being released in the US on June 27, 2014.
Snowpiercer is the English-language title of the very popular 1982 French graphic novel Le Transperceneige, which was only translated into English and released by Titan Comics this year. It’s a story of class warfare aboard a giant train that travels around a frozen, post-apocalyptic Earth, making one revolution per year. Now Korean director Bong Joon-ho brings the tale to life on the silver screen with a plethora of big-name talent filling out the roles. Chris Evans, TIlda Swinton, and John Hurt are just a few of the recognizable faces you’ll see in action on this impossibly large train circling the globe thanks to some kind of perpetual motion engine. But along with the actors familiar to US audiences are a couple of Korean artists, the most notable of which is Song Kang-Ho playing a pivotal role as Namgoong Min-Soo, the designer of the door system that separates the train cars.
With the big name talent and high production values, you’d be excused if you think Snowpiercer is a big Hollywood production. It’s actually a Korean endeavor that was released last year in South Korea, France, and several other countries. On June 27, 2014 the United States will finally get a chance to see this exciting adaptation, though sadly it’s only going to be through a limited release. Let’s hope that Snowpiercer gets the attention it deserves so it might be upped to a wide release. If we’re not so lucky then keep your eyes open for streaming and disk-based options to be offered soon.
Plot Synopsis (From AsianWiki):
In the year 2014, to combat global warming, a chemical is released into the atmosphere, but with disastrous results. The world soon becomes completely covered in ice and snow.
Now in the year 2031, life on Earth is barren except on the train Snowpiercer. The train has been circling the world perpetually for years. The train has 1001 coaches with passengers separated between the first class and coach. The first class passengers are wealthy patrons who paid for their expensive tickets when the train was first set to launch. Passengers in coach are free loaders who boarded the train out of sheer desperation. Life for the coach passengers is hellish as they are fed only a mysterious substance known as protein jelly and are kept in line by the threat of violence by security. A man from the coach section named Curtis then sets out to take over the engine room and free his people from the tyranny of the first class passengers. Meanwhile, a Korean man named Namgoong Min-Soo possesses inside knowledge on how to bypass the security systems found within each section of the train.
Official US Trailer:
The trailer above was only released a few days ago, but to be honest I like this next trailer more. It was released back in January for the Snowpiercer screening at the Berlin International Film Festival (BIFF) and paints a better picture of what the film is about.
Snowpiercer will get a limited US release on June 27, 2014 through Radius-TWC