Saturday, Mar 7, 2015
Snowpiercer is South Korean director Joon-ho Bong’s over-the-top action movie that will leave few viewers without strong opinions. Set in 2031, an environmental catastrophe has frozen Earth and the few surviving humans live on a train. One percent of the train’s population lives in luxury near the engine, while the remaining humans are essentially slaves, working to ensure the survival of the entire train. The starving, brutalized, and scared workers plan and execute a revolt after many of their children are taken to the front of the train for mysterious reasons. Can the passengers in the rear of the train overthrow their masters?
The movie is based on the French graphic novel Le Transperceneige by Jacques Lob and Jean-Marc Rochette.
(Editor's note: An English translation of Le Transperceneige, entitled Snowpiercer: Volume 1, The Escape, was published by Titan Comics in 2014.)