Will ‘Snowpiercer’ Be Another Failed Graphic Novel Adaptation?

Highly-regarded Korean writer/director Bong Joon-ho (The Host) has managed to come up with one of the worst ideas for a movie that I’ve heard since… well, since somebody suggested Gore Verbinski make a Lone Ranger movie. Bong has written and directed the graphic novel adaptation Snowpiercer.

The movie purports to tell the tale of the last survivors of the human race riding on a train that endlessly circles the globe following a new ice age that wipes out most living things on Earth. Seriously, that’s the premise. The story sees the “freeloaders” who live at the end of the train attempt a revolution by seizing the engine of the train from the privileges upper class at the front of the train.


Yes, that is Academy Award winner Tilda Swinton pretending she cannot act; yes, the train tilts over so the wheels on one side are off the rails; yes, that’s Chris “Captain America” Evans as the revolutionary. And, yes, there are lots of sequences that make me think the various actors (except for Tilda) were taking it all very seriously.

“Now is the time” to watch the first trailer, which is more focused on the action sequences:

Somehow, this comic book adaptation — it’s based on Le Transperceneige, by Jacob Lob and Jean-Marc Rochette — has managed to snag quite an impressive supporting cast, including Ed Harris, Octavia Spencer (The Help), Jamie Bell (King Kong) and Alison Pill (THE NEWSROOM and the sublime Scott Pilgrim vs. the World).

Snowpiercer doesn’t have a U.S. release date yet. Do think it should get one?

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