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In this sci-fi epic from director Bong Joon Ho (The Host, Mother), a failed global-warming experiment kills off most life on the planet. The final survivors board the SNOWPIERCER, a train that travels around the globe via a perpetual-motion engine. When cryptic messages incite the passengers to revolt, the train thrusts full-throttle towards disaster. (c) TWC-Radius

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's so hard to describe how amazing Snowpiercer is without giving away everything that makes it amazing."
‑ Christy Lemire,
"The future is miserably dystopian as usual in this apocalyptic sci-fi thriller, but at least it's thoughtful, stylishly crafted, high-speed misery that keeps on hurtling relentlessly forward -- even though there's nowhere to go."
‑ Bruce Ingram, Chicago Sun-Times
"A thought provoking science fiction masterpiece..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"One of the biggest problems is the train setting. We're supposed to be in constant motion, but half the shots are entirely still."
‑ Katherine Monk,
"Snowpiercer feels both heightened and grounded, allegorical yet familiar, able to be experienced. The confined space in no way inhibits tension or excitement, or a sense of forward momentum. It's a film not to be missed."
‑ Philippa Hawker, Sydney Morning Herald
"You couldn't ask for a better metaphor for hell on Earth than what Bong Joon-ho has wrought with Snowpiercer: constant forward momentum while getting absolutely nowhere, suffering all the while."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"It's a downbeat spectacle. But very good, unforgettably bizarre, original filmmaking and adventurously explored ideas can leave you feeling high, especially when you don't know quite how it's been pulled off."
‑ Wesley Morris, Grantland
"A confronting think piece wrapped in a bizarre and bloody thrill ride."
‑ Tom Clift, Concrete Playground
"It's stylish and smart -- a big, honking metaphor, yes, but an effective one and a relevant one."
‑ Alonso Duralde, What the Flick?!
"Suddenly zombies, nukes or a global pandemic don't seem nearly as devastating as a train ride to nowhere."
‑ Lori Hoffman, Atlantic City Weekly
"Violent, often absurd, but full of brilliant surprises."
‑ David Denby, New Yorker
"As with The Host, the political satire is teased out gradually as the story progresses and never intrudes on one's enjoyment of the movie's richly imagined world."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"The absolutely watchable vibe comes to an almost dead stop as the movie enters its anti-climactic third act..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Snowpiercer features uneven performances, but gets great mileage from its set design, the sheer audacity of the premise, and the appearance of one of those movie villains who seem able to take lethal punishment without actually dying."
‑ Chris Knight, National Post
"A movie-movie, with edgy cred and a vivid dystopian vision that, while ostensibly futuristic, speaks harshly to the class divide already defining us."
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
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