There’s still no US release date for Bong Joon-Ho‘s Snowpiercer, but that hasn’t stopped the powers that be from dangling the film in front of our faces (those of us in the United States, that is) like a carrot, tied to a string yet just out of reach. And the latest carrot comes in the form of a new trailer for the film, showing off plenty of action, foreboding voice-over and some some seriously brutal axe-murdering. Check it out after the break.
Earlier trailers for the film stressed the class warfare at its center (Snowpiercer takes place in an icy apocalyptic future where the sole survivors band together on an endless train ride; the poor are forced in back while the rich control the engine). There’s no talk of class distinctions here, but for a brief mention of the godlike Wilford the train passengers seem to obsess over. There’s none of the film’s intellectual qualities. No symbolism. Just people killing the crap out of other people with axes and blunt instruments. All in all, it makes for a pretty good trailer.
Reviews for Snowpiercer have started to trickle in, and so far they are massively, overwhelmingly positive. Perhaps one day, a few years from now, American audiences may finally see it.
Snowpiercer releases in South Korea on August 1, 2013. It stars Chris Evans, Song Kang-Ho, Jamie Bell, John Hurt and Tilda Swinton