Director: Bong Joon-ho
Stars: Chris Evans, Song Kang-ho, Go Ah-sung, Jamie Bell, John Hurt, Tilda Swinton, Octavia Spencer, Ed Harris, Alison Pill
Release date: To be determined
One of the few Korean directors to find success in the States, Bong Joon-ho (The Host, Mother) has one crazy movie for 2013—a crazy train movie. Snowpiercer is set in a dystopian future where all of the world lives on a very long train that powers the planet. Like the Titanic, a rigid class structure divides the society of the train, with Tilda Swinton playing the Thatcher-esque figure in charge. Chris Evans plays Curtis, the leader of the train's lowest class, the class that will rise up to stop the train.
Judging by the imagery of the trailer, which freely draws on Orwell, German Expressionism, and The Polar Express, we won't get a more imaginative movie this year. In fact, there's no guarantee that we'll even get this movie. The Weinstein Company, which has acquired the film for American distribution, has said that it may cut as many as 20 minutes from the movie so it can be "understood by audiences in Iowa...and Oklahoma." The film's international running time is just over two hours, making 20 minutes a substantial amount of time. Please, Harvey, stay the hell away from this movie. —RS