Snow Piercer is set in a futuristic post-apocalyptic world where the world has frozen over, and the last remnants of humanity survive by living on a train run by a perpetual motion engine. The train features extreme social classes, and a revolution brews.
The trains seems to be run by Tilda Swinton’s character, Mason. She’s a rich, bitchy snob. The rich have more space and live lives of comfort. At the back of the train sits Rosa Parks, I mean Captain America, I mean Chris Evans’s Curtis. Curtis is fed up with the way things are going, as he – a poor schmuck – is given no chance to advance, and like the other poor folks he’s packed into too little space with too many people.
And the story follows Curtis and other revolutionaries as they make their way to the front of the train, where they hope to win equality.
Joon-ho Bong directed and cowrote the story for Snow Piercer. Bong directed The Host, which I never actually saw (I gotta get on that…) but it was super well-received and supposed to be quite scary. Not bad. This might have a chance of working.
Chris Evans isn’t bad, though he’s not super awesome, but John Hurt is FANTASTIC, and always lends a great deal of gravitas to a film and role. Combine that with Joon-Ho Bong and I think Snow Piercer has a pretty good shot at being good.
I’m not totally in love with the trailer. I like the sets, and the action looks solid enough, as does the concept, but some part of me feels this looks like a B-movie. I hope not, cause it could be cool.
I’m thinking Snow Piercer will have some limited success at the box office, though it might end up making some decent money in the long run, and possibly give Joon-Ho Bong a good shot at being a bonafide Hollywood filmmaker, with more cool films like The Host.