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Sci-Fi . Drama . Science Fiction . Action

In a future where a failed global-warming experiment kills off most life on the planet, a class system evolves aboard the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe via a perpetual-motion engine.

Actors: Kang-ho Song , Alison Pill , Ko Ah-Sung , Ewen Bremner , Octavia Spencer , Jamie Bell , Tilda Swinton , John Hurt , Ed Harris , Song Kang-ho , Chris Evans
Directors: Joon Ho Bong
Release: 2014-07-11
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  • Andrew O'Hehir

    Politically provocative and visually spectacular Snowpiercer - the best action film of 2014, and probably the best film, period. Full Review
  • Chris Nashawaty

    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.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Joshua Rothkopf

    Sprung from a 1982 French graphic novel and bearing its era’s trickle-down tensions, Snowpiercer is a headlong rush into conceptual lunacy — but you’ll love it anyway.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Drew McWeeny

    The action sequences in the film are spectacular, and there's one in particular that I think is an all-timer, both in the way it's imagined and in the way it's accomplished on film, but this isn't a film about empty sensation. It's a richly realized science-fiction world, and the cast is just tremendous.

    Hitfix Full Review
  • Patrick Gamble

    Snowpiercer evolves steadily, growing richer with every step and slowly feeding us morsels of information - enriching this ludicrous premise with enough magic and wonder to suspend our disbelief entirely.

    CineVue Full Review
  • Oliver Lyttelton

    A visionary, thrilling work.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Ignatiy Vishnevetsky

    Though shocking violence and black humor run through the length of the movie, what comes through most strongly is its pessimistic political conscience; were the movie less earnest, it might seem Verhoeven-esque.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Dana Stevens

    Snowpiercer is its own strange, special thing, a movie that seems to have been sent back to us from some distant alternate future where grandiose summer action movies can also be lovingly crafted, thematically ambitious works of art.

    Slate Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    There are surprises and plenty of action. What's good about Snowpiercer is how they all blend together; each element informs the other.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • A.O. Scott

    Though the movie is playfully postmodern in its pastiche of styles and its mingling of sincerity and self-consciousness, there is also something solidly old-fashioned about the way it tells its story.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Scott Foundas

    Snowpiercer has been brought to the screen with the kind of solid narrative craftsmanship, carefully drawn characters and — above all — respect for the audience’s intelligence rarely encountered in high-concept genre cinema.

    Variety Full Review
  • Kimberley Jones

    Snowpiercer holds its own; it’s an unruly but rattling – and ravishing – work of art. On first watch, I wondered if there was anything to scratch beneath the surface – it seemed so straightforward, I worried there wasn’t enough there there – so I rewatched it almost right away and was surprised to find it still left me panting.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • John Semley

    Without “spoiling” it, it’s a film that at least opens up a possibility for change, instead of providing another rote reshuffling of power from the Black Hats back to the White Hats.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Bruce Ingram

    Bong, above all, is a world-class visual stylist, and he proves that again here with a few dazzling flourishes, despite Snowpiercer’s dismal gray palette and train-bound claustrophobia.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Tirdad Derakhshani

    Swinton is delightful in a twisted turn as Wilford's enforcer, a Margaret Thatcherian dragon lady who adores watching her men torture miscreants who have defied the train's No. 1 rule: Know your place.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    Pay attention, Michael Bay: This is what thrilling summer movies look like.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    On the level of a popcorn thrill ride, Snowpiercer is a beaut.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    It’s more an instant cult film than a picture with any prayer of reaching millions.

    McClatchy-Tribune News Service Full Review
  • Peter Sobczynski

    If the name "Gilliam" set off a little tremor of excitement when you heard it that is no accident because, with its combination of startling visuals, a head-spinning storyline and oddball characters that don't always conform to their presumed parameters, Snowpiercer is a film definitely in the vein of the works of the great Terry Gilliam, especially his 1985 landmark "Brazil." Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    A rare hybrid that perfectly blends the dazzle of a futuristic action thriller with the intellectual substance of an art film.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    A slambam sci-fi thriller with a brain, a heart and an artful sense of purpose. You're in for a wild whoosh of a ride.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    Don’t miss it — this is enormously fun visionary filmmaking, with a witty script and a great international cast.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Rex Reed

    An upscale, high-concept $40 million futuristic epic by the visionary South Korean director Bong Joon-ho. It’s too gruesome to recommend to everyone without reservation, but if you love movies, you can’t afford to miss it.

    New York Observer Full Review
  • David Denby

    If you don't mind the gore, you can enjoy Snowpiercer as a brutal and imaginative piece of science-fiction filmmaking. [7 & 14 July 2014, p.94]

    The New Yorker Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    Now, at last, comes a fun dystopian sci-fi epic — a splattery shambles with a fat dose of social satire and barely a lick of sense. It’s Bong Joon-ho’s Snowpiercer, which must be seen to be disbelieved.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Betsy Sharkey

    [Bong Joon-ho] combines a great cast, a gripping idea and a gorgeously grimy retro aesthetic to keep this eerie examination of the train wreck of humanity racing along.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Keith Phipps

    Evans is a revelation here, delivering a haunted performance that his previous work has only suggested he had in him. He gives the film a solid center, allowing others in the cast to explore the extreme.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • Clarence Tsui

    Snowpiercer is an ambitious piece with a universally comprehensible theme and accessible aesthetics.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Andrew Pulver

    The way the allegory works out is not exactly subtle or unexpected, but is strangely moving, despite the gruesomeness that has gone before. All in all, a treat.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    It's a film that, in its own peculiar way, forces viewers to question their values and ask themselves how much they're willing to sacrifice for a functioning society, and how much is too much.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Eric Kohn

    Unapologetically long and messy, Snowpiercer offers an unhinged ride that's worth the investment for its mixture of batty personalities, consistently impressive visuals and mad swipes at heavy symbolism jam-packed together.

    indieWIRE Full Review
  • James Rocchi

    Snowpiercer is bold and brutal and committed, but no setting, no matter how inventive or beautiful, can compensate for storytelling that strains plausibility even as it batters your senses and sensibilities. Full Review
  • Marc Mohan

    Here's a movie that's jam-packed with bizarre sci-fi concepts, political allegory, a fascinating international cast and some truly over the top set pieces. But for just about everything maniacally cool in the movie, there's a flaw, sometimes a near-fatal one.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Ann Hornaday

    Subtlety may not be the film’s strong suit, but it creates a richly imagined world, as glitteringly arresting as it is savagely merciless.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Chuck Bowen

    The film preaches resolutely to the choir, and cinephiles in sync with the film's politics may still blanch at how snugly their interests are courted.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

    The film features plenty of elements that seem familiar from previous cinematic dystopian visions — class warfare, decrepit living, a feeling of terminal velocity — yet you can’t help but admire director Bong Joon-ho’s high-wire act.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Inkoo Kang

    In superlative previous films like “The Host” and “Mother,” Bong elevated, then transcended, the humble genres of the monster movie and the murder mystery by refashioning them into exquisitely heart-wrenching human drama. Disappointingly, then, his alchemical touch is absent here. Snowpiercer warms the heart, but doesn't penetrate it.

    TheWrap Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    Even as dystopian dramas go, the picture is arid and lusterless in its more serious moments and unpleasantly kitschy when it tries to soar over the top.

    Village Voice Full Review
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