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Snowpiercer (2013)

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In a future where a failed climate-change experiment has killed all life except for the lucky few who boarded the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe, a new 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 seventeen years, the world's survivors are on a train hurtling around the globe creating their own economy and class system. Led by Curtis (Chris Evans), 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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Taglines:

Fight your way to the front 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:

Snowpiercer 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

Sir John Hurt's character's name, Gilliam, is an homage to Terry Gilliam, a director whose filmography includes similarly bleak science fiction, fantasy, and end-of-the-world titles, such as Brazil (1985), Twelve Monkeys (1995), and The Zero Theorem (2013). 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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Referenced in Difficult People: Carter (2016) 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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Quite underwhelming; it isn't as brilliant as I expected it to be.
18 April 2014 | by akash_sebastianSee all my reviews

Quite underwhelming; it isn't as brilliant as I expected it to be. When actors like Chris Evans, Song Kang-ho, Tilda Swinton, John Hurt, Octavia Spencer and Ed Harris are associated with the first international project of an acclaimed Korean Director like Bong Joon-ho, one is bound to be excited by its prospects. I've loved Joon-ho's work, especially 'Memories of Murder' and 'Mother'. Though he proves to be an able Director with his first International venture, the movie doesn't have the usual touch of humanity his movies usually possess; you rarely sympathize with any of the characters or situations. The script has an overwhelming number of plot-holes; these could have been overlooked if the characters were properly developed. Many would say it's an interesting portrayal of class-division in society, but that doesn't compensate for the weak storyline. It keeps you interested till the end, but the ending doesn't give you the proper finish it leads up to. The acting is commendable, but the characters lack proper depth.

The complete artistic setting of the train, the action sequences and the weird characters keep you intrigued throughout. But overall, the movie didn't have the impact I expected it to have. Hope Joon-ho's future international ventures are as charming and brilliant as his earlier works.


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