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Surprisingly Not an Eskimo Fetish Snuff Film: Snowpiercer Trailer

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | June 13, 2013 |

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | June 13, 2013 |

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.

Steven Lloyd Wilson is the sci-fi and history editor. You can email him here or follow him on Twitter.

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