Director Bong Joon-ho’s (The Host, Mother) upcoming English-language debut, Snowpiercer, is high on my list of most anticipated films of 2013. Some more concept art has surfaced for the sci-fi thriller, and there is an ominous new piece of the score for your auditory pleasure.
This piece is called “Yona Lights,” and is by Marco Beltrami. While there’s no context for the song, it does create a definite tone and a tense mode. It runs the gamut from brooding and portentous to a little higher paced. You can imagine this playing over all manner of images, like shots of the train barreling through the frozen wastelands, or in moments of confrontation between characters. The sound certainly is a good match for the concept art.
Based on the French graphic novel La Transperceneige by Jacques Lob and Jean-Marc Rochette, Snowpiercer is set in 2031. Experiments to stop global warming have kicked off a new ice age that kills off most of the life on the planet, and the only survivors exist on an endlessly circling train that runs on a perpetual motion engine. Within the confines of the vehicle, called the Snowpiercer, a rigid class system has developed. This doesn’t sit well with everyone, and deep distrust and resentment grows between the haves and have-nots. You can see this divide in the picture that shows the wealthy swimming in their very own pool, while the lower castes are crammed together in the bowels of the train.
The rest of the images give you a good idea of what the exteriors will look like in the film. I can’t wait to see what Bong does with those big, sweeping landscapes. You even get a glimpse of the ruins of civilization.
Snowpiercer stars Chris Evans, Song Kang-ho, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, Octavia Spencer, Ewen Bremner, Alison Pill, John Hurt and Ed Harris, and should pull into the station sometime in mid-2013.