“Know your place. Keep your place.”
Bong Joon-Ho’s Snowpiercer may sound a bit on-the-nose to people who are not familiar with the director’s body of work or the awesome graphic novel (“Le Transperceneige”) the feature draws from — a train? divided up by class? we get it! — but a quick look at any of the marketing material behind the film will likely leave nonbelievers just kind of awestruck. Really, this thing looks awesome.
The film is set on a future Earth where most everything has been killed off by a powerful Ice Age. The only living creatures are all crammed together on the Snow Piercer — a massive train made up of one thousand and one cars and a doozy of a perpetual motion machine (it’s so essential to the lives of everyone on the Piercer that it’s been deemed actually sacred) — and despite their reliance on each other to survive, things aren’t all wine and roses on the zipping train. Let’s put it this way: the classes that rule the world off the train are still very present on the train, and cramming all those simmering tensions into a small space that speeds across a ruined Earth isn’t doing too much for morale.
And guess who knows that! Tilda Swinton, an apparent leader of the upper class (she’s the one that spouts off that “know your place” stuff). But guess who else knows what’s up! Chris Evans, as a rebellious member of the lower class. Things are going to get messy.
Yahoo! Movies has now debuted a brand new red band trailer for the film, and if it doesn’t give you a touch of motion sickness, it will probably totally sell you on the film:
The film also stars Song Kangho, Jamie Bell, Octavia Spencer, Ewen Brewmner, Alison Pill, John Hurt, and Ed Harris.
Snowpiercer will finally hit U.S. screens in a limited release on June 27.
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