This week in cinemas: ‘Snowpiercer’ (South Korea)

snowpiercer_ver20_xlgOpening tomorrow in Aussie cinemas is a big release: Snowpiercer, the first English-language film from top-flight South Korean director Bong Joon-ho (Memories of Murder, The Host, Mother).

Liz has already reviewed this one for us (read about it here), but in brief: humanity tried to solve climate change with an atmospheric science experiment that went horribly wrong, and now the remains of all human life live on a train, endlessly circling the globe. The ticket classes on the train have solidified into social classes, and the inhabitants of the tail section are planning a rebellion.

Leading the uprising is Curtis (played by Chris Evans, in quite a departure from his squeaky-clean Captain America), with the rest of the cast filled out with Song Kang-ho, Go Ah-sung, Jamie Bell, Alison Pill, John Hurt and a scene-stealing Tilda Swinton.

Director Bong adapts this French graphic novel into a wonderfully constrained piece of world-building, and while the film has its flaws it was easily the most fun thing I saw at SIFF this year.

Here’s the trailer:

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