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Snowpiercer (2013)

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In a future where a failed climate-change experiment has killed all life except for the lucky few who boarded the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe, a new class system emerges.

Director:

Joon-ho Bong (as Bong Joon Ho)

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Joon-ho Bong (screenplay) (as Joon Ho Bong), Kelly Masterson (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chris Evans ... Curtis
Kang-ho Song ... Namgoong Minsoo (as Song Kang Ho)
Ed Harris ... Wilford
John Hurt ... Gilliam
Tilda Swinton ... Mason
Jamie Bell ... Edgar
Octavia Spencer ... Tanya
Ewen Bremner ... Andrew
Ko Asung ... Yona
Alison Pill ... Teacher
Luke Pasqualino ... Grey
Vlad Ivanov ... Franco the Elder
Adnan Haskovic ... Franco the Younger
Emma Levie Emma Levie ... Claude
Steve Park ... Fuyu (as Stephen Park)
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Storyline

Set in 2031, the entire world is frozen except for those aboard the Snowpiercer. For seventeen years, the world's survivors are on a train hurtling around the globe creating their own economy and class system. Led by Curtis (Chris Evans), a group of lower-class citizens living in squalor at the back of the train are determined to get to the front of the train and spread the wealth around. Each section of the train holds new surprises for the group who have to battle their way through. A revolution is underway. Written by Anne Campbell

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Genres:

Action | Drama | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, language and drug content | See all certifications »

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Language:

English | Korean | French | Japanese | Czech | German

Release Date:

11 July 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$39,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$14,842,419 (South Korea), 1 August 2013, Wide Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$171,187, 29 June 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$4,563,650, 31 October 2014

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$86,758,912, 31 October 2014
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The cast features two Oscar winners: Tilda Swinton and Octavia Spencer; and two Oscar nominees: Sir John Hurt and Ed Harris. See more »

Goofs

Wilford as well as Mason performed one specific hand movement (Wilford at the end of the movie, Mason during her speech to the tail section inhabitants) that suggests, that both of them have experience with cleaning the engine (as seen on Tim under the floor tile). This does not make any sense with regard to their age as the engine can be cleaned only by children less than 5 years old (the train didn't even exist, when both of them were 5 years old). See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Male Reporter: Good morning. On this day, July 1st, 2014, at this hour, 0600, we are at the first airport in the world...
Female Reporter: The topic of so much controversy over the past seven years has continued development. Protests from environmental groups and a number of developing countries continue. But in accordance with...
Male Reporter: It had been claimed that CW7 is the answer to global warning. And we are witnessing it...
Female Reporter: Leaders argue that global warming can no longer be ignored. Today, 79 countries will begin ...
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Soundtracks

Goldberg Variations, Air and Variations Nos. 1-30 BMW 988
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach
Arranged by Jim Long
Courtesy of Crucial Music and Point Classics
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For most of the 1 star reviewers, this is their only review.
23 June 2016 | by kolt-28101See all my reviews

Let's get this out of the way. Yes, this is my first review. I've watched about half of IMDb's top 250, and did like most of them. Somebody brought this movie to my attention, and as a 7/10 I didn't have high expectations. Honestly, though, knowing this is at least an attempt at some sort of allegory, most of the plot holes are kind of petty and minor. Comparing Snowpiercer to "The Room" (don't watch that) because you couldn't tell how someone would have an Irish accent, or realized that the premise of this movie is brutal and inconvenient - is kind of realizing the problem with 99% of all movies altogether.

For anyone brutally bothered about plot holes, tell me, is The Hunger Games more logical? Ant-man? Even Inception, the Dark Knight, or Lord Of The Rings? You can't blame a movie for plot holes, rate it a 1, and then ignore those same plot holes in every other movie in existence. By that token, any and all of the Star Wars movies should be rated a 2.

No. People here are nitpicking, and that's a nice way to put it. You don't know how the cockroaches kept spawning? Jesus, maybe they breed fast. I have no idea. But then you should point out that Yoda's aches and pains should have technically kept him out of commission years ago, Jack Sparrow should be dead, Captain America has no sources for his morals, Harry Potter makes no sense, and any and all plot holes about Mordor that you can find online.

But do they? Nope. Most of the negative reviews here are a one-show, leading me to think there's someone with multiple accounts and a large amount of time to hate this movie.

I've seen quite a few sci-fi films - I'm no newbie to the genre. But their are always plot holes in those films, at least technical ones. Faulting Snowpiercer (an allegory, of all things) for having plot holes that are granted in other movies is just not right.


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