Post-apocalpse settings are all the rage in movies these days (see: certain portions of X-Men: Days of Future Past, the entirety of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and so forth) – and one such upcoming film, which unfolds against the backdrop of a not so bright tomorrow, is Korean filmmaker Joon-ho Bong’s Snowpiercer. Well, “upcoming” is speaking relative to the U.S., since it opens here in June – some months after having arrived on the scene in several other international markets.
Hence, a green band trailer for Snowpiercer has finally released, just a few weeks after a red band preview hit the ‘Net. For those not familiar, the film’s screenplay was penned by Bong and Kelly Masterson (Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead) – based on the French graphic novel “Le Transperceneige” from Jacques Lob, Benjamin Legrand, and Jean-Marc Rochette – and the cast includes Chris Evans (Captain America: The Winter Soldier), Oscar-winner Octavia Spencer (Fruitvale Station), Oscar-winner Tilda Swinton (The Grand Budapest Hotel), Oscar-nominee John Hurt (Doctor Who), and Jamie Bell (Jane Eyre), among others.
Compared to the international previews, the green and red band Snowpiercer trailer have been designed to appeal more to U.S. audiences. That approach includes focusing the spotlight on Evans’ character (who leads a rebellion aboard a futuristic train that houses much of humanity in the film’s wintery dystopian setting), in order to better utilize his star power as a selling point – in addition to emphasizing the movie’s action beats, as accompanied by the expected dramatic musical cues in the post-Inception age of trailers. (That’s a thing, right?)
The reviews for Snowpiercer so far indicate that it has both action and brains, much like Bong’s previous genre films (The Host, Mother, etc.), though – in its positive review – Variety notes that the aforementioned marketing approach may be for the best, given that the “hybrid art-movie/blockbuster nature” of Bong’s new creation doesn’t make it the easiest of sells. Related concerns about the movie’s marketability inspired The Weinstein Company to consider releasing a recut of the film in the U.S.; after much backlash online, the studio heads instead settled on a limited release that preserves Bong’s preferred version.
All in all, Snowpiercer is looking and sounding pretty good right now. So, when we do reach the last weekend of June – and you’re not in the mood to check out the newly-released Transformers: Age of Extinction (or want to see – gasp! – two movies that same weekend) – then this one seems a promising choice to satisfy your movie-watching needs.
Snowpiercer opens in U.S. theaters on June 27th, 2014.
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