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3.3
2,435 Ratings

Snowpiercer

Directed by Bong Joon-ho
South Korea, 2013
Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Synopsis

A post-apocalyptic ice age forces humanitys last survivors aboard a globe-spanning supertrain that functions via a perpetual-motion engine. One man will risk everything to incite a revolt for control of the engine and the future of the world.

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Snowpiercer Directed by Bong Joon-ho

Awards & Festivals

Village Voice Film Poll

2014 | 2nd place: Best Supporting Actress

2014 | Nominee: Best Director

Indiewire Critics' Poll

2014 | 2nd place: Best Supporting Actress

2014 | Nominee: Best Editing

National Board of Review

2014 | Winner: Top Ten Independent Films

Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards

2014 | 2nd place: Best Production Design

What are people saying?

  • Huey McEvoy's rating of the film Snowpiercer

    David Lynch remakes 'Brazil' as an action horror with the crew from 'Spaced' (not for nothing are two main characters named 'Gilliam' and 'Edgar'). Messy, confusing, and with more holes than the Albert Hall, every single face onscreen acts like they're in a completely different movie from everyone else. Beautifully bonkers.

  • Zach Closs's rating of the film Snowpiercer

    Imaginative, socially conscious, character-driven spectacle, with a lot of heart -- even if it is visually moot and samey. Highlights: Bong Joon-ho goes to town in a demented, happy-go-lucky classroom scene (that takes menacing detours), Chris Evans delivers a chilling monologue that grossed me out more than anything I've *seen* onscreen this year, and that final plot twist...

  • Howard Orr's rating of the film Snowpiercer

    [Spoiler] Inspirational rebellion-meets-paranoid conspiracy yarn mashed into one entertaining, if OTT, package: a Noah's Ark fable for an age of internet conspiracy and Colour Revolutions. The casting and the comic moments are generally inspired (Swinton's gawky bureaucrat, the classroom singalong), and the ending stark enough to warrant it being taken with a modicum more seriousness than your average disaster flick.

  • Duncan Gray's rating of the film Snowpiercer

    It may sound ungrateful when the movie features a psychotic Tilda Swinton and a character named after Terry Gilliam, but Snowpiercer could have been nuttier. Part Metropolis, part Dawn of the Dead, it's best when it's totally bonkers, but too much of it is flat: the action is often either prosaic or almost incoherent. Still, even if it tosses the pieces of its plot up in the air, they land in a pleasing fashion.

  • mjgildea's rating of the film Snowpiercer

    I wasn't impressed by Snowpiercer but I didn't hate it either. A decent cast but Tilda Swinton steals the show. There were some great sequences (the ice roadblocks and a couple key fights) but the closer they got to the front of the train the more they lost me. Some great frozen post apocalyptic imagery but ending felt like it was painted into a corner.

  • José Neves's rating of the film Snowpiercer

    The North American version of the human dystopia of "The Host", and almost as good. In fact, nobody in that film industry knows and thinks of space and light and its narratives implications as Joon-Ho, and much less provides them with cinematic thought. Ends where John Carpenter's "The Thing" ended : in the immensity of Expectancy. And its whiteness.

  • msmichel's rating of the film Snowpiercer

    Believe the hype. Bong Joon-ho's internationally cast science fiction action film delivers all around offering the perfect antidote to brainless summer blockbusters. The basic story is quite sublime; the remainder of humanity are basically prisoner on a perpetually travelling train and have been segmented by class and function in the cars along the way. 'One must know one's place'. Tilda Swinton is bloody brilliant

  • Igor Ramos's rating of the film Snowpiercer

    This is one of the best sci-fi movies that I've seen in recent times. The odyssey from the tail to the head of the Snowpiercer is amazing both visually and in terms of storytelling. The social dilemmas, the ecosystem that exists inside the train and the craziness of Tilda Swinton's character all add up to this amazing journey!