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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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Genres:

Action | Drama | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Official site | Official site [Italy] | See more »

Language:

English | Korean | French | Japanese | Czech | German

Release Date:

11 July 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Expresso do Amanhã See more »

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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Barrandov Studio was chosen for the production. The studio completed construction of a 100 meter long replica of the train. See more »

Goofs

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 ...
[...]
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Remade as Snowpiercer (2019) 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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Metropolis of the new century
3 November 2013 | by kowloonzaiSee all my reviews

No spoilers here !

Remember Metropolis, the great silent film by Fritz Lang, and probably the most revered science-fiction film of all times ? Well, if Snowpiercer is not such an absolute masterpiece, I do believe it's the best reiteration of the same concept that made Lang's film so unique : asking questions about the condition of mankind in a futuristic society, and how it does and does not evolve as compared with current times.

It's good that not all near-blockbuster scale sci-fi movies do not come out of Hollywood anymore. Snowpiercer is based on a long-forgotten 70's French graphic novel. The Korean director got his hands on a bootleg translation in a Seoul bookshop while filming The Host and got totally hooked. The end product is a French-Korean production, in the making of which one of the authors of the original graphic novel got directly involved.

The plot is simple : ecologist freaks have pushed governments to unleash a gas in the atmosphere to control global warming, this proved so effective that the world is now a standalone, snow-covered giant ice cap. The only survivors are all aboard a revolutionary train that goes on and on making loops around the world. It's like Noah's Ark, but including the politics that come with it : first class, second class, workers, fraudsters, the ticket is your fate - for generations. And the consequences are extreme, to such and extent that you can't conceive. Prepare to be shocked at times. Imagine the vertical multistoreyed humanity of Lang's Metropolis, the horizontal way. Some of the tail section fraudsters decide to rebel against their condition and progress to the head car of the train regardless of the risks. Every car they go through bears its grotesque and mind-bending surprises. And tells us more about how this society actually works and what it relies on.

This film has style. Even though it reminds of Gilliam (see 12 monkeys) and Matsumoto (Galaxy Express), there is real personality and originality. CGI is limited to a few breathtaking scenes that really add up to the storyline. Acting is mostly excellent, especially by Ed Harris and John Hurt. But most importantly, this film triggers reflection, soul-searching and debate like true Sci-Fi gems should. Unlike most Hollywood movies, it is not Manichaean : the story and morals are complex and debatable. You heart keeps swinging for scene to scene as you learn more. The ending asks a lot of questions.

All in all, when the end credits start rolling, it's a film you want to rewatch, not because you haven't understood, but because you want to understand more, and experience more.


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