So far we’ve seen some concept art and one still from Bong Joon-ho’s (The Host) upcoming post-apocalyptic Snowpiercer, but now the highly anticipated film has finally produced the first poster. First posters often don’t reveal much about the movie—they tend to do little more than tease—but this one offers you a nice glimpse at the film.
Snowpiercer is set in a future where efforts to curtail global warming have resulted in the beginning of a new ice age, which has killed off almost all life on Earth. Through this frozen wasteland runs a train powered by a perpetual motion engine. Inside this vehicle are the last remnants of the human race, divided into the extravagantly wealthy and the desperately poor. A great rift separates the two castes, and resentment and rebellion simmer among the poorer riders.
The first picture we saw was of Song Kang-ho as one of the poverty stricken passengers. This poster gives you a broader look at the living conditions and the confines of the lower levels of the train. You see a throng of grubby, unwashed people, pressed together in the tube-like confines. Wearing tattered robes, an old man—probably John Hurt, from the look of him—stands above them. From your vantage point, he seems to be starring right at you, but I could be wrong.
There’s a sense of desolation and despair in this poster. This is a grim, hopeless place. It’s easy to imagine a revolt erupting in this situation, and you get the distinct impression that Hurt’s character, whoever he is, may be at the center of this.
Snowpiercer features a fantastic cast, including Hurt, Song, Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, Octavia Spencer, and Ewen Bremner. Right now there’s no official release date, but the Weinstein Company will handle the distribution, and hopefully we’ll see a trailer appear before long.