Every summer has a sleeper. A film that no one sees coming and everyone ends up talking about. A Fault In Our Stars was a bit of a mini-sleeper earlier this summer, but I think Snowpiercer might be this summer’s true sleeper success story. Snowpiercer takes place in a dystopian world where the only survivors on the planet are the occupants of a globe traveling train. A class system develops on the train between the haves (front of the train) and the have nots (not surprisingly in the rear of the train).
Snowpiercer stars Chris Evans (Captain America: Winter Soldier), Jamie Bell (TURN), Kang-ho Song (The Host) and Tilda Swinton (The Grand Budapest Hotel). South Korean Joon-ho Bong (Mother, The Host) wrote the screenplay for Snowpiercer and directed the film. Interestingly Snowpiercer debuted in South Korea last summer. A creative disagreement between the makers of the film and the distributer caused a delay in the American release and a change in the release strategy. Rather than opening wide across the country Snowpiercer is opening only in New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, Austin, and San Francisco on June 27th and will release in several more cities on July 2nd.
The snippets of early reviews I read about Snowpiercer from rottentomatoes.com have me even more excited to see the film than the trailer. The film appears to aim high in its scope and take a lot of chances. I’d rather see a film swing for the fences and be a bit off balance or miss entirely than see the same formulaic action film from last year. Swinton’s character looks like a bit of a caricature but if anyone can pull off a villain with a few quirks it certainly is Swinton. Evans fits the bill as an everyman who rises up to fight against an unjust society and Bell has always been a favorite actor of mine. If the film is anywhere as original and smart as Joon-ho Bong’s The Host, I think audiences will be delighted with Snowpiercer.
See clips of the film and an interview with Chris Evans from Entertainment Weekly below.