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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Bong Joon Ho

Writers:

Jacques Lob (based on "Le Transperceneige" by), Benjamin Legrand (based on "Le Transperceneige" by) | 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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Action | Drama | Sci-Fi

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

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Trivia

Jamie Bell's character, Edgar, was named after director Edgar Wright. See more »

Goofs

The bruise on Tanya's eye disappears and reappears between scenes. 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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Strange Brew
Written by Eric Clapton (as Eric Patrick Clapton), Gail Collins, Felix Pappalardi (as Felix A. Pappalardi)
Performed by Cream
Courtesy of Polydor Ltd.
Under License from Universal Music Enterprises
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Yes, it's a metaphor, but it's a tense one.
30 December 2020 | by ThomDerdSee all my reviews

I just came across it again after-hours on TV and rewatched the whole thing, although i have seen it twice back in 2013. For the ones who'd want to check it out and dont mind a dark violent social commentary this is a treat. Good cast, good acting (Chris Evans and Tilda Swinton are a highlight), good action and relentless pace. Probably most are familiar with the story of snowpiercer, the train that holds the last of humans and keeps going around the world, while its people are split in sections in the train. That story itself constitutes a great -but not new- metaphor about society. I would keep the metaphor in the background as the backbone of the story and focus on the other exciting elements of the film, which are very rewarding. Good film, 8/10


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Release Date:

11 July 2014 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$39,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$171,187, 29 June 2014

Gross USA:

$4,563,650

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$86,758,912
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Dolby Digital

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1.85 : 1
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