Bong Joon-ho's Snowpiercer Gets Its First Official Poster
Trains have played a central part in some of cinemaís most engaging mystery thrillers. A short list would read Sidney Lumetís Murder on the Orient Express, Alfred Hitchcockís Strangers on a Train, and Brad Andersonís Transsiberian. No matter how long that list gets, however, it will never include Joseph Rubenís Money Train.
The next entry on that list, however, could be Bong Joon-hoís upcoming Snowpiercer, which has released its ominous first poster, as seen below courtesy of Twitch The sci-fi thriller, based on the French graphic novel Le Transperceneige, takes place during an Ice Age brought about by failed efforts to stop global warming, where all of Earthís remaining survivors travel aboard the Snow Piercer, a non-stop train powered by perpetual motion.
The train carsí passengers are separated by a class system that pits the lower rungs of humanity near the back of the train, where a revolt begins to form. The poster does a great job of conveying this social split, where a group of blurry faces are contrasted against a single man, probably John Hurt, standing above them all. Judging from his clothes, itís unclear whether heís this groupís leader or their antagonist, but he sure is tall, isnít he?
Joon-hoís treasure-filled filmography is full of difficult conflicts, whether itís the cops vs. a serial killer in Memories of Murder or a goofy dad vs. a giant monster in The Host. This will be his first time with such a large cast of stars, including the aforementioned Hurt as well as Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, Ewen Bremner, Jamie Bell, and Octavia Spencer, and his first with a budget as large as $40 million. But considering how monumental The Host looked with just $11 million, Snowpiercer might be one of the best looking thrillers this year, as well as one that resonates particularly strongly in this socially polarized country. Just donít describe it as ďCrash meets the end of Speed.Ē
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