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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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Joon-ho Bong (as Bong Joon Ho)

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Joon-ho Bong (screenplay) (as Joon Ho Bong), Kelly Masterson (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chris Evans ... Curtis
Kang-ho Song ... Namgoong Minsoo (as Song Kang Ho)
Ed Harris ... Wilford
John Hurt ... Gilliam
Tilda Swinton ... Mason
Jamie Bell ... Edgar
Octavia Spencer ... Tanya
Ewen Bremner ... Andrew
Ko Asung ... Yona
Alison Pill ... Teacher
Luke Pasqualino ... Grey
Vlad Ivanov ... Franco the Elder
Adnan Haskovic ... Franco the Younger
Emma Levie Emma Levie ... Claude
Steve Park ... 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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AD 2031: the passengers in the train are the only survivors on Earth. See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Language:

English | Korean | French | Japanese | Czech | German

Release Date:

11 July 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$39,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$14,842,419 (South Korea), 1 August 2013, Wide Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$171,187, 29 June 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$4,563,650, 31 October 2014

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$86,758,912, 31 October 2014
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Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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This is Joon-ho Bong's first English-language film. See more »

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During the scene of the shootout across the gap between Curtis and Franco the Elder, the last shots they take at each other are not only stopped by the intended target's window, they actually become stuck said windows. Curtis' firearm is a submachine gun, using pistol cartridges (probably 9mm), while Franco's is an assault rifle, most likely using NATO 5.56 (or .223 civilian version) rifle cartridges. Therefor, Curtis' shot probably wouldn't even have made it across the gap to hit Franco's window (nor during the preceding shots), while Franco's shot would have certainly penetrated Curtis' window and hit him. Pistol cartridges have a very short range and much lower power and velocity in comparison to rifle cartridges. Even further, Franco would have had to be an extremely good shot to gauge the lead needed to accurately target Curtis because of the moving target, and it's doubtful that they had regular target practice sessions on the train, let alone targeting moving objects. 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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Fusion of art house and mainstream
6 December 2013 | by harry_tk_yungSee all my reviews

After graping the global movie universe's attention with "The host" (2006), Korean director Bong Joon-ho serves up his first offer in the English language with "Snowpiercer", a futuristic, sci-fi fable as well as a hybrid of art house and mainstream thriller.

The micro depiction of the macro human race is through the titular vehicle (literally meant) – a train that circles the post-apocalyptic world, a frozen hell resulted from the backfire of an over-executed maneuver in battling global warming. Secluded from the outer world, the survivors are stratified by social class, the highest at the front (a perpetual-motion engine) and the lowest at the back. The linear (in more ways than one) story is quite simple, the underprivileged bunch at the back fighting its way, car after car, all the way to the front to gain control of their own destiny. Through the allegory progression, the audience witnesses a rich pageantry of environments – rough workplace, lush greenhouse, giant aquarium, plush lounge, and more.

The impressive cast is well assembled. Chris Evans sheds his "All American" heartthrob image to play this perhaps his first heavy-weight role as an earthy leader of the revolution. John Hurt is the semi-disabled wise old man, a rich reservoir of knowledge. Other key members of the group include Jamie Bell as the young follower, Octavia Spencer as a mother searching for a missing child "drafted" by the ruling class for some obscure purpose, and Song Kang-ho as a Korean security expert. The show-stealing personas, however, are on the opposite side. Most delicious is Tilda Swinton, barely recognizable with ingenious makeup (essentially of a dental nature) playing the spokesperson for the dictator. Allison Pill (so impressive as Zelda Fitzgerald in "Midnight in Paris") is another manifestation of eccentricity, a pregnant kindergarten teacher, all sweetness until she produces a gun and starts shooting. The dictator is competently played by Ed Harris.

The movie is quite long (a little over 2 hours) and does not hurry itself as most blockbuster thrillers would do. Instead, it takes its time with careful, well-crafted character development. But it does hold the audience's attention with excellent acting and artsy photography.


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