Surprisingly Not an Eskimo Fetish Snuff Film: Snowpiercer Trailer
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Surprisingly Not an Eskimo Fetish Snuff Film: Snowpiercer Trailer

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | June 13, 2013 | Comments ()


It's like someone generated this film out of a strange book of Madlibs. We've got a South Korean film featuring Tilda Swinton fighting a class war against Captain America on a train after the apocalypse. You could probably throw vampires in there and no one would blink, because the premise is so out of left field to start with that absolutely nothing could be added to make it a less plausible film.

Snowpiercer tells the story of a train that eternally circles the world, presumably in order to always stay in a sweet spot of survivability. The last survivors of humanity cling to life aboard, where they have naturally divided into the clean ones and the dirty ones so that it is visually easy to distinguish between the two sides of the class war.

Here's the trailer:

I'm not the only one to make this complaint, judging by other comment threads out there, but I was able to understand maybe a quarter of the words spoken in that trailer, and not many of them were contiguous. But Chris Evans looks suitably grim and serious, and they even appear to have a battering ram, so they've got that going for them.

The film has been brought to us by well-regarded South Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-Ho, and actually gets released there first on August 1st. No American release date has been announced yet, but we're the land of Captain America and the transcontinental railroad, so it's got to be coming here soon after.

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Comments Are Welcome, Bigots and Trolls Are Not

  • googergieger

    Bong is one of the greatest directors working right now. So his movie should be great. And since it is from Korea the U.S. movie studios hopefully backed off and let him make his movie. Hopefully they don't overly rely on the english speaking cast and rely heavily on Song Kang Ho to carry the film, as he is the greatest actor living right now. Shame on you all for not looking forward to this movie forever and not being pumped for Song and Bong!

  • Polly Oliver

    This is how much I love you all.

    -Director Bong Jun Ho’s 2013 Creation -

    Mr. Wilford! Wilford! Bangarang!(?)

    A circular railway that spans 438,000 km. Completes one circle every year

    -A new ice age, a snow country for 17 years -

    Passengers, as in the beginning, I fall to the front. You belong to the tail. Keep your place.

    - The Human’s final region for survival –
    - Snowpiercer –

    Curtis, it is time?
    Now isn’t the time
    Well when is the time?

    Are you Nam Goon Min Soo? Security Specialist?
    I’m listening you fucker.

    We control the engine, we control the world. This time we take the engine.
    Then what?
    We kill em.

    - The heart of the train, take over the engine! –

    Keep going! Keep going!
    You people! If not for the benevolent Wilford, we’d have frozen solid 18 years ago today!

    - An unstoppable revolution will begin -

    Hold on!
    The engine is sacred, and Wilford is divine! Wilford is merciful!

    Let me go ahead.


  • Andrew

    If there's a bunch of undesirables in the back of the train, why don't they just unhitch the last few cars and solve all their problems?

  • BWeaves

    I thought of that, too. But what happens when the train makes it all the way back to where you unhitched them?

    Also, maybe the undesirables aren't at the back.

  • NateMan

    Like the Purge, it's a great scifi short story idea. Also like The Purge, I don't know how well it'll succeed on film.

  • kirivinokur

    I LOVE Bong Joon-Ho, but this one's got a not-so-Bong atmosphere. I'm hoping the trailer's misleading.

  • googergieger

    He did a comedy aboug kiling a dog, a monster film that was more comedy than anything, and two thrillers that were easily masterpieces. Much like Park hard to pigeon hole him just cause he's done one genre really effin well.

  • kirivinokur

    (Don't forget his hikikomori-meets-earthquake short.)

    He switches genres expertly, but he's got a great sense of humor that tends to be present in most of his films. I hope Snowpiercer keeps that.

  • disqus_mQPW6cixfl

    The train must run through Canada or Mexico because we'll never get fucking high-speed rail in the U.S.


  • Xtacle Steve

    Eskimo snuff films never really took off as a genre, despite Eli Roth's attempt at rebooting Snow Dogs.

  • BuffyloGal

    Yeah, but I caught a glimpse of Choi Min-sik so how bad can it really be?

  • googergieger


  • BuffyloGal

    That would be true if I could tell Captain Kirk, Baby Swan or Captain America apart, but I can't do that either. Chill.

  • googergieger

    Just cause you're also racist towards white people, doesn't mean you aren't a racist.

  • BuffyloGal

    Racist. You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

  • googergieger


  • April Pastorius Wise

    He's in it, too? I only caught Kang-ho Song.

  • googergieger

    You're right. Song Kang Ho is the only one in it.

  • BWeaves

    If you knew my real name, you would know that I'm the last person to make fun of someone's name, but really? Would you expect a less weird plot from someone named Bong?

  • manting

    Joey Jojo Junior Shabadu?

  • Mrs. Julien

    Middle name: Hit
    Surname: Bogart

  • That lady is so getting her head axed.

  • The Replicant Brooke

    Where do they get their food and water from? Where do they get fuel for the train? Where do they get nice new clothes? Laundry detergent?

  • the_wakeful

    What happens when the track needs repair?

  • disqus_mQPW6cixfl

    Silly girl. Learn your history. Mussolini keeps the trains running.


  • BWeaves

    Where do they get a train that circles the world?

    Oh, and toilet paper?

  • Fabius_Maximus

    Never mind the train. How are the tracks going around the world?

  • Fabius_Maximus

    Recycling. Remember, Soylent Green is people.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    Better video, and especially sound quality.

  • MikeRoorda

    Holy hell the audio track on that preview is WAY too loud during the dialogue. Normally you would drop it down a bunch to make the speech a little more intelligible. Apparently that wasn't a priority here.

    Also, is it escaping anyone else's notice that this is basically Under Siege 2: The Apocalyptic Reboot?

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