Recently released in the States Snowpiercer has Chris Evans and Tilda Swinton starring in this dystopia film by Korean director Bong Joon Ho.

Snowpiercer was a tricky marketing challenge as it is a hybrid art-movie and blockbuster film. Not unlike many from Director Terry Gilliam (he is also of course of UK’s Monty Python fame). However it finally got a limited release in the States but other places like the Uk and Australia as still waiting.

From our point of view this film comes recommended and we hope it will eventually get a bigger audience.

For those enjoying The Musketeers which started it’s run a few weeks ago in the States (yes many months after the UK where it originated) will note the heart throb Luke Pasqualino also features in this movie.

Snowpiercer - Luke Pasqualino and John Hurt
Snowpiercer – Grey (Luke Pasqualino) and Gilliam (John Hurt) ©2013 Radius / TWC

Snowpiercer – Official Information

In a new Ice Age, where Earth has been frozen for 17 years, Snowpiercer is the only place for survivors.

Climate change has made the planet uninhabitable. Those few who survived the planet’s demise live aboard a train that perpetually circles the same track. The tail section is like a slum, filled with people who are cold and hungry, forced to live by their wits, while the front section contains the chosen few, who indulge in alcohol and drugs amid luxurious surroundings. The world inside the train is far from equal.

In the 17th year of the train’s infinite course, a young leader from the tail section stirs up a riot that has been brewing for some time. In order to liberate the tail section and eventually the whole train, this hero and his fellow passengers charge toward the engine located at the front of the train, where its creator, the absolute authority, resides in splendor. But unexpected circumstances lie in wait for humanity’s tenacious survivors…

Snowpiercer is directed by Korean born Bong Joon Ho (The Host, Mother).

Cast includes Chris Evans, Song Kang Ho, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, Octavia Spencer, Ko Asung, Ewen Bremner, John Hurt, Luke Pasqualino and Ed Harris

Snowpiercer – Theatrical Release dates

South Korea: August 1, 2013
US (limited release): June 27, 2014


Colin Davies

The editor of Film Review Online