train known as the Rattling Ark,
home to the only surviving humans and
divided into three areas from privileged
to lower class, travels through a future
world-wide frozen landscape following
a failed climate change experiment in the
sometimes shocking science fiction film
of a dystopian future Snowpiercer...
FOR SEVENTEEN YEARS the specially-built Snowpiercer train known as The
Rattling Ark, the home of the survivors of the human race, has been hurtling
around the Earth in a frozen landscape. It is the brainchild of Wilford (Ed
Harris: Apollo 13), the driver and maintenance man known as The Keeper
of the Sacred Engine.
In 2081 the world is uninhabitable, covered completely in ice due to a climate
change experiment where the controversial CW7 has been dispensed. Any who have
ventured outside have frozen to death.
is a thrilling and
compelling science fiction film that imagines
an ice-bound world
where few have survived
the bitter cold, having
no choice but to live on
the only source
of heat on the planet,
The Rattling Ark...
into separate locked compartments, with the privileged living in luxury at the
front and the lower class in squalor at the back, the train will hold many surprises
when the ones who have little finally rebel. The so-called lower classes have
already suffered unspeakable hardships and they are no longer prepared to accept
their lot, even though they are told they should be grateful.
Having survived on the manufactured food substitute 'protein block' given to
them by the guards, they believed it was the only food available; and from time
to time a child is taken away never to be seen again. The moment the guards
sense any sign of dissent, they react with violence. It is a bitterly cruel
existence for those who have nothing.
Led by the determined Curtis Elliott (Chris Evans: Captain America: Civil
War) and supported by Gilliam (John Hurt: Alien), the poor people
at the back make plans to break out of their restricted compartment and make
their way to the front of the train.
Curtis releases security expert Namgoong Minsoo (Kang-ho Song: Parasite)
from a self-induced narcotic coma, along with seventeen-year-old clairvoyant
Yona (Ko Asung). He bribes Minsoo with the hallucinogenic Konole both Minsoo
and Yona are addicted to in exchange for his help to get through the locked
doors as they fight their way to the front of the train.
Encountering murderous soldiers armed with axes and equally-determined guards,
presided over by the cold-hearted Minister Mason (Tilda Swinton: Dr Strange)
who believes that people should know their place, the rebels have forged ahead
in the mistaken belief that the guards have run out of bullets.
Each compartment is a revelation, the class divide becoming only too obvious,
but many of the rebels will lose their lives as they take the train by storm.
More surprises are to come as the question is finally asked: Is it possible
that the outside world is now becoming habitable again?
Rather gory in places as bloody fights break out and with a number of references
to cannibalism, Snowpiercer is a thrilling and compelling science fiction
film that imagines an ice-bound world where few have survived the bitter cold,
having no choice but to live on the only source of heat on the planet, The Rattling
Full of action spectacles and laced with plenty of biting social commentary
from acclaimed director Bong Joon-Ho (Parasite; Okja; The Host), this
exciting dystopian thriller rattles on to home entertainment in an extras-packed
edition for fans and first-time viewers alike. A Netflix series based on the
film and the original graphic novel Transperceniege has also been released
this month (May 2020).
The A-List cast of Snowpiercer also features: Octavia Spencer (Hidden
Figures) as Tanya; Jamie Bell (Billy Elliot) as Edgar; Ewan Bremner
(Trainspotting) as Andrew; Alison Pill as Teacher; Vlad Ivanov as Franco
the Elder; Adnan Haskovic as Franco The Younger; Luke Pasqualino as Grey; Clark
Middleton as The Painter; Stephen Park as Fuyu; and Paul Lazar as Paul.
Music is by Marco Beltrami; Cinematography is by Kyung-pyo Hong; Writers are:
Screen Story by Jacques Lob, Benjamin Legrand, Jean-Marc Rochette and Bong Joon
Ho; Produced by Tae-sung Jeong, Wonjo Jeong, Tae-hun Lee, Steven Nam and Chan-Wook
Park; and Directed by Bong Joon Ho (Parasite; Okja; The Host).
* From the visionary mind of Bong Joon-Ho,
academy award-winning director of Parasite, comes Snowpiercer from Lionsgate
Home Entertainment, released on Blu-ray and DVD for the first time in the UK
on 25 May 2020. Certificate: 15 | Running Time: 126 Minutes.
Blu-ray Special Features: Transperceniege From the Blank
Page to the Blank Screen | Chris Evans and Tilda Swinton on Snowpiercer
| The Birth of Snowpiercer | The End of the World, and The New Beginning
(Animated Prologue) | Characters.
"Snowpiercer is a thrilling and compelling science fiction film that
imagines an ice-bound world where few have survived the bitter cold, having
no choice but to live on the only source of heat on the planet, The Rattling
Maggie Woods, MotorBar