2013 has definitely been a year of big comic book movies so far, with Iron Man 3 and Man of Steel both performing laudably at the box office, but one comic book adaptation that seems to have flown under the radar is acclaimed South Korean director Bong Joon-ho’s (The Host, Mother) dystopian sci-fi drama Snowpiercer. The film follows the never-ending travels of the last human survivors of a global ice age as they struggle to endure on an enormous, perpetually moving train that is sharply divided along class lines.
It’s a great concept, and the revolutionary aspect will no doubt be satisfying for anyone who has ever been crammed into the economy section of public transportation. On the Snowpiercer, the population is segregated into the First Class at the front of the train, the Economy in the middle, and the “freeloaders” at the back. This microcosmic society is ruled with an iron fist by Mason (Tilda Swinton), a Thatcheresque leader who determines to keep everyone – especially the lowest class – in their proper place.
With the South Korean release less than a month away, a new sixty-second trailer for Snowpiercer has just been released, featuring new scenes alongside some of those that were shown in the previous trailer. Chris Evans takes center stage as Curtis, a bottom-rung revolutionary who, with the help of angered passengers like Tanya (Octavia Spencer), Wilford (Ed Harris) and Edgar (Jamie Bell), leads those at the tail end of the Snowpiercer into a rebellion where they take over the engine and make a push toward the front of the train.
In addition to the trailer, there is also a new batch of promotional stills, which mainly feature the lower class characters in all their grimy glory:
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