Bong Joon Ho-directed film follows a futuristic train blazing across a post-apocalyptic landscape with the last survivors of humanity on board, and segregated by class
Tilda Swinton isn’t going to stand for any kind of uprising from the “filth” of humanity. Not on board her train. The Academy Award-winning actress put Chris Evans and his band of poor, oppressed revolutionaries in their place with some very harsh words.
If diplomacy was what was called for in this preview clip from the film, which opens this Friday opposite “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” then Swinton absolutely failed. She was so arrogantly obtuse while berating the poorest members of their society, who are forced to live on the back of the train, it was no surprise when one of them threw something at her.
She certainly opened strong, calling them all “filthy ingrates.” She went on to tell them that they’d have all frozen solid 18 years ago, were it not for the generosity of Wilfred, the unseen inventor of the train. “Precisely 74% of you will die,” she sums up. From here, things will likely descend into chaos.
The train, which protects the thousand or so survivors from the frozen waste that has become the world, is divided by class. Those in the front enjoy luxury, while those in the back toil in the filth. As Swinton so eloquently put it. “Know your place. Keep your place.” But that’s not going to happen.
Bong Joon Ho directed the film, which he co-write with Kelly Masterson, based on the French graphic novel “Le Transperceneige” by Jacques Lob, Benjamin Legrand, and Kelly Masterson. The film was produced by Park Chan-wook, Lee Tae-hun, Park Tae-jun, Dooho Choi, Robert Bernacchi, David Minkowski, and Matthew Stillman.
“Snowpiercer” also stars Kang-ho Song, Go Ah-sung, Jamie Bell, Allison Pill, John Hurt, Ed Harris, and Octavia Spencer. Produced by Moho Films and Opus Picture, Radius-TWC will release the science-fiction drama to theaters on Friday, June 27.