‘Snowpiercer’ Red Band Trailer: Keep Your Place

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Bong Joon-ho’s new sci-fi thriller Snowpiercer stars Chris Evans as the leader of revolution on a perpetually-moving train that’s journeying through a second ice age, so perhaps it’s appropriate that the movie has had a rough ride on the way to its U.S. release. Despite breaking box office records in its home country of South Korea, Snowpiercer went without a U.S. release date for a long time as Bong negotiated with The Weinstein Company over which version of it American audiences should see.

TWC was pushing for the U.S. release to have twenty minutes cut from the running time in order to keep the focus on the action, and to have an explanatory voiceover to make the plot clear enough to be “understood by audiences in Iowa and Oklahoma.” Eventually a compromise was made: Bong would get to deliver his director’s cut, but instead of getting a wide release Snowpiercer will instead get a slow-unroll limited release. Now that the issue has been settled, however, TWC has released a red band trailer for Snowpiercer that features almost entirely new footage, including scenes of bloody violence during the rebellion of passengers from the tail end of the train.

Evans’ character, Curtis, describes the bullet train as “the world,” and looking at some of the imagery in this trailer it seems like a pretty accurate description; the train’s carriages include classrooms, an aquarium, a hair salon, a greenhouse and – of course – the engine that drives it all along. As evidenced by Tilda Swinton’s stern voiceover, it’s also a world with a very strictly regulated class system.

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Snowpiercer‘s principal cast is a mix of American, British and Korean actors that includes Jamie Bell, John Hurt, Song Kang-ho and Ko Ah-sung. The last two actors played the father and daughter at the heart of Bong’s last movie, The Host, a gripping sci-fi horror about a monster that emerges from Han River in Seoul and begins attacking the local population.

This is really quite an excellent trailer, and hopefully it will be enough to draw in American audiences who weren’t already aware of Snowpiercer. The more tickets that are sold during the early limited screenings, the greater chance this movie has of getting a wider release later on.


Snowpiercer is out in U.S. theaters on June 27, 2014.

Source: Yahoo! Movies

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  1. Has this movie really still not been released?

    Also, more class warfare. Yawn.

  2. I’ve watched this movie already, so meh. It’s a bizarre movie considering it’s actually Korean made so it’s style is similar to that of other Korean movies. Some parts were very good and other parts just sucked.

    • Yeah, it really was so meh. Had that typical Korean melodrama element to it. The reveal at the end just didn’t have much weight. I found the social commentary presentation to be like that of Elysium. That’s of course looking past the ridiculous sci-fi premise and the idiotic notion of a perpetual engine.

  3. Can’t wait for this. The Host is my favourite foreign language film and should be getting around to watching Mother soon. Hopefully we get a UK release date soon.

  4. I watched this and fell asleep towards the end. I didn’t know what the hell was going on. Maybe I should give it another go, but not being able to pay attention is not a good sign.

  5. Between this, Kevin Smith’s experiences and other stuff that I’ve heard, Harvey Weinstein must be one of the biggest dicks in Hollywood, which isn’t easy, considering that Hollywood seems to be Dick Central.

  6. Its a decent watch, i recommend it at least once. I wouldnt go to the theater but def worth a rent.

  7. So, they build a train, make it like a city, put a bunch of low class/criminals on it, don’t let them bath, tell them that 75% of them will die and then don’t expect a rebellious uprising with blood splatter?

    I don’t get the point. I mean I don’t think the Love Boat ever brought on board all the homeless in Chicago and had Julie the Cruise Director tell them they were likely to die before the love song at the end of the cruise and not one outbreak, uprising or killing that I am aware of.

    Don’t they get reruns of the Love Boat whereever this is set at?


    • Well, you shouldn’t question the premise at its face value. Despite the effects heavy blockbuster aspects it’s supposed to be an artful allegory, bringing home the idea that we’re all in the same boat/train. Meaning: no matter how secluded the rich and powerful think they are, when they exploit the poor and push them into a corner, eventually they won’t take it anymore and push back… hard… a lesson that the real world should take to heart asap.

      • So the moral of the story is if your poor take a shower and if your rich, do yourself a favor and take a private train? LOL

      • Thank you. Now none of us have to pay the Weinstein company any money for this “lesson”

        Chris Evans should sign on for more Marvel movies…

  8. Downloaded it awhile back. It’s pretty good, worth watching.

  9. “…have an explanatory voiceover to make the plot clear enough to be “understood by audiences in Iowa and Oklahoma.” ”

    Seriously? Shows what elitist Weinstein thinks of middle America.

    Won’t be giving him my money. Also, second the “more class warfare” comment.

  10. People should watch the movie before criticizing it.

    I really liked it.

  11. I watched it. I love the director. The acting was good but the premise seemed too absurd.


    Seriously, an aquarium, greenhouse, hair salons, night clubs, all on a skinny train? If the train had been huge, like 400 oil tankers linked together on a gigantic track, then yes, this film would have made more sense. Where did all the rich people sleep? Maybe

    • …if the train had a total of 1000 cars. It just wasn’t believable.

  12. Like others, I’ve seen this movie already and am glad it’s finally coming out in the states unedited. Personally, I liked it and was glad I saw it uncut rather than the proposed “Dumbed Down” version TWC wanted to release.

    The movie is fiction, so it’s going to push the suspension of disbelief. Obviously if they showed every single car on the train the movie would have had a 3+ hour run time. Sure the idea of a super long train is a bit ridiculous. But if you can believe the planet is completely iced over, is a 200+ car supertrain really that much of a stretch?

  13. You can download this now. I watched this a while ago, it’s a good movie Harvey Weinstein doesn’t deserve my support so I won’t be seeing this in the theater.

  14. Please stop using crap video players.

  15. This is weird, i already saw this film. how come it was not released yet?

  16. I thought it was pretty good.
    Wouldnt watch it again though…once was enough.