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Snowpiercer -- In a future where a failed global-warming experiment kills off all life on the planet except for a lucky few that boarded the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe, where a class system evolves.
Snowpiercer -- A failed global-warming experiment kills off most life on the planet. The final survivors board a train that travels around the globe via a perpetual-motion engine. When cryptic messages incite the passengers to revolt, the train thrusts full-throttle towards disaster.
Snowpiercer -- In a future where a failed global-warming experiment kills off most life on the planet, a class system evolves aboard the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe via a perpetual-motion engine.

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Director:
Writers (WGA):
Joon-ho Bong (screenplay) and
Kelly Masterson (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
1 August 2013 (South Korea) See more »
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Tagline:
AD 2031: the passengers in the train are the only survivors on Earth. See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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51 wins & 85 nominations See more »
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Exploring Humanity See more (549 total) »

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Rated R for violence, language and drug content
Runtime:
126 min
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
Emma Levie was a Dutch college student that Joon-ho Bong contacted after watching a short film in Toronto Film Festival. Levie was surprised to see celebrities Chris Evans and Ed Harris when she came to the set.See more »
Goofs:
Plot holes: Wilford as well as Mason performed one specific hand movement (Wilford at the end of the movie, Mason during her speech to the tail section inhabitants) that suggests, that both of them have experience with cleaning the engine (as seen on Tim under the floor tile). This does not make any sense with regard to their age as the engine can be cleaned only by children less than 5 years old (the train didn't even exist, when both of them were 5 years old).See more »
Quotes:
[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 dispersing CW7 into the upper layers of the atmosphere.
[...]
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Goldberg Variations, Air and Variations Nos. 1-30 BMW 988See more »

124 out of 238 people found the following review useful.
Exploring Humanity, 29 January 2014
Author: Mek Torres from Los Banos, Laguna, Philippines

We are recently getting blockbusters that tries to make allegories out of Sci-Fi high concepts about society's lack of equality between rich and poor. Not all of them worked since most of them just used the subject as a petty background and lets the technical wizardry do much of the work, which ends with a silly insincere sentiment. Snowpiercer might do the same as 2013's Elysium or Upside Down did, but this is an ambitious picture that takes the idea seriously. It doesn't let the special effects or the action take over the experience and instead gives away the pain and humanity of the world's living dystopia. Snowpiercer is often cold (no pun intended) and satirical, yet downright affecting with lots of intriguing ideas wandered around.

It may feature a train and it is mainly about a revolution attacking against law enforcers and powerful men, but the scenes when it focuses on the characters are actually the greatest strength here. While it acknowledges their suffering and longing, it takes a lot of time to express about what they've been through. And those small scenes of humanity simply makes it remarkable. The film benefits by its actors. Chris Evans is always a great leading hero, and he brings enough impact to the character Curtis. His co-stars, such as Jamie Bell, Octavia Spencer, John Hurt, and Kang-ho Song, also bring lively personalities on their roles. And much energetic and fun performance from Tilda Swinton as the maniacal villain.

It becomes a little bit clunky when it hits to the middle act. This is when the characters are just passing through from room to room. Once again, the titular world of a concept didn't get a deep exposition despite of its intriguing features and interesting caricatured social commentaries. At least the production made the internal Snowpiercer train look fascinating. The action scenes are fine, if not messy. There are inventive battle scenes to be found here and there. However the direction's best way to deliver tension is by taking time to breathe in its dark moments of upcoming merciless violence; easily better than the knife wielding, bullets flying battles. The special effects are cool (no pun intended) enough to keep things large and stunning.

Snowpiercer is honestly a fresh experience for a Sci-Fi blockbuster. The genre tends to just blow things up, but here it rather brings more soul than extreme panache. The film looks really good, but there are more interesting things to think about other than the technical stuff. The contents and the themes are the core here, if only they could explore more of the train, but for now the characters' feelings is the epic ride, fighting off the dark side of humanity. Despite of some missed opportunities, its rare quality is already enough to make it recommendable. Because there are bigger things in movies than just visual effects.

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