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.
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