TWC/Stillking/Moho/Opus/Union Investment Partners (Jeong
Tae-Sung, Steven Nam, Park Chan-Wook & Lee Tae-Hun)
South Korea/Czech Republic 2013
W: Bong Joon-Ho & Kelly Masterson [based on the graphic
novel "Le Transperceniege" by Jacques Lob & Benjamin Legrand]
DP: Hong Kyong-Po
Ed: Steve M. Cho & Changju Kim
Mus: Marco Beltrami
Chris Evans (Curtis Everett), Song Kang-Ho (Namgoong Minsoo),
John Hurt (Gilliam), Tilda Swinton (Minister Mason), Jamie Bell (Edgar), Ed Harris (Wilford)
South Korean director Bong Jong-Ho's first English language
film is based on a French graphic novel, partly funded by a Czech production company, so this really is a fine example of World Cinema.
Set in a future where a new ice age has plunged the earth into
freezing temperatures, on board a high-tech train which circumnavigates the planet, taking exactly one year to complete its circuit.
The survivors are divided by class, with the bourgeoise at the
front of the train, living in relative luxury, whilst the poor live off scraps at the very rear.
rebellion forms and the uprising sees them move towards the front of the train, triggering desperate measures from the hierarchy.
Snowpiercer trades off a fantastic idea, and for the most part
makes for a thrilling, action-packed sci-fi, with some dark themes. Unfortunately, the tone isn't consistent throughout and there's a scene or two which are far too goofy in comparison with the
I'll also have to note that the version of this film I watched
was a European version with English & Korean audio, but no English subtitles for the latter, so some of the dialogue will remain a mystery to me.