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Think of Snowpiercer as The Hunger Games meets Noah’s Ark meets The Polar Express. Mankind’s efforts to fight global warming have backfired, and the Earth is now a frigid iceball where the last remnants of humanity survive in a class-based system inside a perpetual-motion train known as the Snowpiercer. Tilda Swinton plays the train’s fascist leader (of course) while Chris Evans is a reluctant leader of the unwashed underclass.
Director Bong Joon-Ho (The Host) adapted Jacques Lob and Jean-Marc Rochette’s 1982 French graphic novel, and the action movie was an enormous box-office hit in Bong’s native South Korea when it opened there in August. In the new red-band trailer, blood is spilled, school children fire automatic weapons, and Swinton gets to utter phrases like, “Precisely 74 percent of you will die. This is going to be good.”
Here’s an animated prequel to the movie, which opens in the U.S. June 27.