'Snowpiercer' gets grimy with new images, character posters

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We have some of our first images of Snowpiercer, and humanity is looking rough.

The film, adapted from a French graphic novel, is South Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho’s English-language feature debut. It takes place at the near-end of humanity, in 2031, when an Ice Age has virtually frozen us off the planet and survivors are kept alive aboard an endless train ride. In the new character posters and stills, we see the film’s sprawling cast — which includes Chris Evans, Jamie Bell, Octavia Spencer, Ed Harris, Kang-ho Song, and a desaturated and bespectacled Tilda Swinton — as well as a few glimpses of the world they live in, which features a lot of grime and frowns.

Tantalizingly, the posters are all marked up with Korean figures, which makes sense given Joon-ho’s background. But what part might that language have to play in the film? If Snowpiercer is anything like Joon-ho’s clever-creepy-cool The Host and Mother, there will almost certainly be a focus on the satiric absurdity of man-made social systems (class, government) shot through with an appreciation for, like, real person-to-person love.

Snowpiercer comes out later this year. A revolution is apparently brewing. Is it tacky to admit that I want Jamie Bell’s refugee collar? Tilda looks good in purple! See the full roster of images at movies.com.

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