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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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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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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

The opening captions state: "Soon after dispersing CW-7 the world froze all life became extinct." but then a few moment late it follows that caption with: "The precious few who boarded the rattling ark are humanity's last survivors" If humanity had any survivors whatsoever, then by the definition of 'extinct' all life DIDN'T become extinct. 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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Goldberg Variations, Air and Variations Nos. 1-30 BMW 988
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach
Arranged by Jim Long
Courtesy of Crucial Music and Point Classics
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Dark social science fiction
2 October 2014 | by VartiainenSee all my reviews

Snowpiercer was a surprise to me. I thought it would be just another "social commentary" dystopian film trying to ride the coattails of The Hunger Games craze. Instead what I ended up getting was one of the best post-apocalyptic films I've ever seen. A smooth roller coaster of action and quiet, dark dialogue.

And don't get me wrong, it is another "social commentary" dystopian film, and yes, perhaps it's riding The Hunger Games craze just a little bit. But, when that riding ends up producing a film of this quality, is it a bad thing? And it's not like The Hunger Games invented the idea of alternative future where the poor are trying to usurp the rich people that are controlling them from their towers of ivory. These are both just variations of Orwell's 1984, which draws heavily from the age old tale of the underdog, David versus Goliath.

It's the execution of an idea that makes or breaks a film and here that execution is nigh flawless. Everything from the design of the train to the A-list cast of actors to the storyline that keeps up the relentless pace, but still has time to reflect on the motives, histories and moods of the characters.

Snowpiercer is simplistic art. It doesn't try to win you over with limitless of details, high explosives or flashiness. Rather it takes a central idea and fills it with as much quality as possible. Highly recommended for all fans of science fiction out there.


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