Bong Joon HoSouth Korea / USA / France126 minutes2013English Korean French Japanese
View Snowpiercer during the Okja followed by Snowpiercer event.
One of the most hotly anticipated releases of 2013, Bong Joon Ho's English-language debut is a gritty post-apocalyptic sci-fi thriller that doubles as an incisive social allegory. In the year 2031, Earth has entered a second ice age after an experiment to alleviate global warming goes disastrously awry. The few survivors from this catastrophe now occupy a gigantic train called the Snowpiercer which circles endlessly on a globe-spanning track, under the rule of a caste system which confines the huddled have-nots to the rear of the train while the 1% ride in luxury at the front. When Curtis (Chris Evans) leads a small band of followers in an uprising, it sparks a brutal conflict as the insurgents battle their way from car to car on the way to a fateful showdown with Wilford (Ed Harris), the inventor and overseer of the Snowpiercer. Featuring an outstanding international cast that also includes Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, the late John Hurt, Octavia Spencer, and Bong's Host star Song Kang-ho, Snowpiercer is "an enormously ambitious, visually stunning and richly satisfying futuristic epic" (Scott Foundas, Variety).