(USA, France, South Korea, 2014, 126 mins, DCP)
In English, Korean, Japanese, French with English subtitles
CAST Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, Ed Harris, John Hurt, Song Kang-ho, Octavia Spencer, Ewen Bremner, Ko Ah-sung
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In a future where a failed global-warming experiment kills off most life on the planet, a class system evolves aboard the Snowpiercer, a bullet train that travels around the globe via a perpetual-motion engine. The first Hollywood (or quasi-Hollywood) film from acclaimed South Korean director Bong Joon-ho (The Host; Mother; Memories of Murder) comes to us untampered with, despite the well publicized inclinations of Harvey Weinstein, and trailing well deserved rave reviews. Snowpiercer is clearly the coolest action pic of the summer, a class allegory delivered with slambang violence, visual panache, and delirious conviction. The international cast features stellar work from Captain America himself (Chris Evans), Tilda Swinton as a Thatcherite middle-manager charged with keeping the proles in their place (at the back of the train, drinking the higher ups recycled urine), and John Hurt as a wise old designer going by the name Gilliam ...

 "Politically provocative and visually spectacular Snowpiercer — the best action film of 2014, and probably the best film, period." — Andrew O’Hehir, Salon

"Watching it, I was reminded of the first time I experienced The Matrix or District 9. Snowpiercer sucks you into its strange, brave new world so completely, it leaves you with the all too rare sensation that you’ve just witnessed something you’ve never seen before ... and need to see again and again. A" — Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly

"Gets at a kind of daring, giddy excitement that plays like something our movies have lost." — Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York