From Page to Screen : “Runaway Train” Meets “The Hunger Games” In “Snowpiercer”

With the summer movie season of 2013 about to kick into high gear in the coming weeks, I’m definitely excited about the upcoming features that are ready to blow my mind. Encompassing a wide variety of genres, 2013 is certainly shaping up to be another good year for films. On this note, I would like to highlight one of the movies that have unquestionably held my deep interest since its announcement. That movie happens to be the science fiction drama thriller piece entitled “Snowpiercer”.

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Long story short: the film is based on a French graphic novel called “Le Transperceneige”, and is brought to life thanks to the creative efforts of highly-acclaimed South Korean director, Bong Joon-Ho. This film marks Joon-Ho’s foray into English-language filmmaking and has assembled an intriguing ensemble cast of international players to bring this astonishing story to life. The film depicts a post-apocalyptic world with a very enticing storyline thus described by the filmmakers:

In the distant future, after a failed experiment to stop global warming, a new and more unforgiving Ice Age kills off all life on the planet except for the inhabitants of the Snowpiercer, a massive train that travels around the globe and is powered by a sacred perpetual-motion engine. A class system evolves on the train that separates the rich from the poor where the privileged passengers are stationed in the front portion of the train while the lower-class citizens are holed up at the rear end. But a revolution begins to surface that could possibly change the fates of everyone on board the relentlessly charging supertrain.

Now, with a synopsis like that, how could you possibly not be enthralled? Apart from a truly fascinating plotline, the other point of interest for me was the casting of some of my favorite actors in the film, particularly ChrisI Want To Bury My Face In His Delicious AssEvans and TildaFlawless Immortal Androgyne Head Bitch In Charge GoddessSwinton. While I may be partially biased to see this movie because of the appearance of these two gorgeous thespians, they are also joined by other actors and actresses from the US, the UK, and South Korea—including Academy Award winner, Octavia Spencer—to give off a diverse and international vibe on this particularly exciting project.

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Apart from the enigmatic storyline and the impressive cast roster, very few details have been released concerning the visuals of the film save for some teaser images such as film stills, cryptic posters, and concept artworks that have been floating around the internet earlier this year. But the marketing team of the film has recently released a series of clever promotional images that depict the major players of “Snowpiercer” and where they exactly stand onboard the train via “passport documentation” complete with biographical details of the actors. With a decidedly ominous aura to the images that gives hints as to the film’s overall tone, the cast is looking especially gritty and worn if the costumes and makeup is any indication. Noticeably absent from the released material is the character of Alison Pill, who is confirmed to be part of the ensemble cast list. This may be a big clue as to the importance of her character in the movie, given that everyone else was provided with tip-of-the-iceberg previews of their roles.

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Regardless, there may be more promotional materials to surface and a trailer may possibly be imminent at this stage. Rumors of a potential debut at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival this May could further elevate the profile of “Snowpiercer” and help establish director Bong Joon-Ho as a welcome addition to Hollywood filmmaking should his English-language debut be a success just like his colleague Park Chan-Wook who brilliantly helmed the disturbingly sexy Hitchockian thriller, “Stoker”, which starred Mia Wasikowska, Nicole Kidman, and Matthew Goode.

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Feast your eyes on the passport details of the “Snowpiercer” cast below and see if you can crack the code as to how these differently classed individuals will interact onboard the dystopian supertrain.

Snowpiercer Passport 01 - Chris Evans

Chris Evans plays Curtis, a young revolutionary from the oppressed tail section of the train who is planning a revolt.

Snowpiercer Passport 06 - Jamie Bell

Jamie Bell plays Edgar, a rebellious teenager who is also Curtis’s friend and right-hand man in the uprising.

Snowpiercer Passport 08 - Ewen Bremmer

Ewen Bremner plays Andrew, a powerless father from the train’s tail section desperate to protect his son.

Snowpiercer Passport 07 - Octavia Spencer

Octavia Spencer plays Tanya, a mother from the tail section who breaches the front section to find her abducted son.

Snowpiercer Passport 03 - John Hurt

John Hurt plays Gilliam, the elderly leader of the tail section who is facing great pressure.

Snowpiercer Passport 05 - Song Kang-Ho

Song Kang-Ho plays Namgoong Minsu, a lock-picking drug addict incarcerated in the train’s prison section.

Snowpiercer Passport 09 - Ko Asung

Go Ah-Sung plays Yona, Namgoong’s teenaged daughter in the prison section with the uncanny ability to “see” sound.

Snowpiercer Passport 02 - Tilda Swinton

Tilda Swinton plays Mason, the train’s prime minister living in the front section and loyal second-in-command to the train’s supreme leader.

Snowpiercer Passport 04 - Ed Harris

Ed Harris plays Wilford, the chief creator, caretaker, and overall leader of the Snowpiercer residing in the train’s engine section.


2 thoughts on “From Page to Screen : “Runaway Train” Meets “The Hunger Games” In “Snowpiercer”


    OH. MY. GOD! This looks so EPIC! I seriously cannot wait for this to come out in Philippine theaters. The story line seems very reminiscent of the Neo Soul story from the film Cloud Atlas.

    I’ve only seen one movie by Bong Joon-ho and that was The Host, and THAT I really enjoyed. I have no doubt this is going to be if not better just as good!

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