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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: 95%

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
"Given to snarling fits of action, poetic ponderings, and idiosyncratic rumblings. No action-thriller but a dystopian, steampunky class parable for a world careening towards eco-disaster . . . and so the film goes, jarring or lulling or gloriously gonzo."
‑ Brian Gibson, Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
"An environmental, post-apocalyptic, revolutionary-uprising sci-fi action movie on a train. Sub-genres don't come much more specific than Snowpiercer."
‑ Tim Martain, The Mercury
"The bold cinematic style of Boon Joon-ho strikes gold in this striking and powerful drama in which control and the order of things are key"
‑ Louise Keller, Urban Cinefile
"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
"As it circumnavigates the frozen globe of the climatic post-apocalypse, 'Snowpiercer' sometimes seems loaded with more allegorical freight than even a futuristic bullet train can carry. Yet it remains one of the year's more impressive films."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"It is the most frigid movie to come along since Dr. Zhivago."
‑ Mal Vincent, The Virginian-Pilot
"A mastery of form and commentary."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
"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
"Snowpiercer wears its inspirations on its sleeve, but the cumulative effect of it all results in something truly unique. It may not be The Host, but it is something I've never seen before, and that is a treat in itself."
‑ Simon Miraudo, Quickflix
"Best enjoyed as a thriller on steel wheels with a salutary moral, Snowpiercer is cinematic and compelling, despite its flaws, which emerge on too close a scrutiny of the screenplay, which tried hard to be original, but is caught up in its own story cogs"
‑ Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile
"a taut social allegory about class and power cleverly packaged as an exhilarating action thriller"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
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