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Snowpiercer (2013)

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Set in a future where a failed climate-change experiment kills all life on the planet except for a lucky few who boarded the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe, where a class system emerges.

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(as Bong Joon Ho)

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Claude
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Fuyu (as Stephen Park)
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Storyline

Set in 2031, the entire world is frozen except for those aboard the Snowpiercer. For 17 years, the world's survivors are on a train hurtling around the globe creating their own economy and class system. Led by Curtis, a group of lower-class citizens living in squalor at the back of the train are determined to get to the front of the train and spread the wealth around. Each section of the train holds new surprises for the group who have to battle their way through. A revolution is underway. Written by Anne Campbell

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Rated R for violence, language and drug content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

11 July 2014 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Expresso do Amanhã  »

Box Office

Budget:

$39,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$171,187 (USA) (27 June 2014)

Gross:

$4,563,029 (USA) (17 October 2014)
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Trivia

Bong wanted to underline the pressing danger of global warming by setting the year that CW-7 is dispersed as 2014. See more »

Goofs

At the end of the film, Curtis reveals that he killed Edgar's mother when he was still a baby. Presumably Edgar was raised by Curtis, Gilliam and the others in the back of the train. Edgar has a strong Irish accent even though there don't appear to be any other Irish people. If he was raised on the train since infancy, his accent should reflect those around him, the majority of whom are American or English. See more »

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[first lines]
Male Reporter: Good morning. On this day, July 1st, 2014, at this hour, 0600, we are at the first airport in the world...
Female Reporter: The topic of so much controversy over the past seven years has continued development. Protests from environmental groups and a number of developing countries continue. But in accordance with...
Male Reporter: It had been claimed that CW7 is the answer to global warning. And we are witnessing it...
Female Reporter: Leaders argue that global warming can no longer be ignored. Today, 79 countries will begin ...
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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Hard Knuckle (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Midnight the Stars and You
Original Writers: Jimmy Campbell (as James Campbell), Harry M. Woods (as Harry Woods) and Reginald Connelly
Original Publisher: Campbell Connelly and Co Ltd.
Sub Publisher: Music Cube, Inc.
Performed by Ray Noble and His Orchestra
Courtesy of EMI Records Ltd.
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A Crazy Parable
24 March 2014 | by (phiadelphia) – See all my reviews

First I want to say that this is one of the best (and entertaining as hell!) social commentary films I've seen since Terry Gilliam's Brazil and Paul Verhoeven's Robocop.

Yes there are a lot of plot points that don't make much sense if looked at from the perspective of our "reality."

But this film does NOT aim to be "realistic." In fact, I'd say the goal of the director is to make it as "surrealistic" as possible.

And I applaud him to be so successful in that: in many moments during the film, I felt I was experiencing a fevered dream of a fried fish. -- That's how insane this film is.

It takes great genius to present something as insane as the plot of Snowpiercer.

This film will be remembered, analyzed and revered for a long, long time.

The icing on the cake is that the social commentary content is actually intriguing. The film is decent enough to leave enough ambiguity so that the audiences can make their own conclusions.

9 out of 10.


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