Oscar winner Boon Joon Ho’s (Parasite) riveting 2013 futuristic film Snowpiercer, based on the French graphic novel Le Transperceneige by Jacques Lob, has been adapted for the TV screen. Premiering on Netflix today, 25 May, the TV series stars Oscar winner Jennifer Connelly (A Beautiful Mind) and Grammy and Tony Award winner Daveed Diggs (Hamilton, Black-ish).
The story is set more than seven years (2,805 days) after the world has become a frozen wasteland. Watch the ice amputation scene if you’re curious about how cold it is on the outside.
What’s left of humanity is on the Snowpiercer, a perpetually moving train with 1,001 cars, that circles around the globe. Why is it thundering across the earth, you ask? Well, if it slows down or halts, it would stop generating heat. And that would mean a mass extinction event.
And just like films such as Parasite and The Platform, Snowpiercer touches on capitalism, amongst other things,—that means class warfare, social injustice, politics, and human survival. Where reality is mighty different depending on which part of the self-sustaining car you live in.
Not unlike society today, the elite, billionaires, and businessmen live in luxury, while Tailies (those at the far end called the Tail)…well, they survive.
The trailer has certainly piqued my interest. Just as I was wondering what to binge on next.
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