With a recent run of movies based on a dystopian future, it is important for a film to find a way to stand out from the pack; Bong Joon-ho's Snowpiercer does just that. Based on the French graphic novel Le Transperceneige by Jacques Lob & Benjamin Legrand and Jean-Marc Rochette, Joon-ho creates a thought provoking science fiction film that explores humanity's struggle to survive while living through social stratification in the last remaining colony on earth...a train called the Snowpiercer.
In the near future, the earth is dying due to the effects of global warming. In hopes to lower the earth's temperature, a collective decision by the world's governments is made to release a substance called CW7 into the atmosphere. The substance backfires and sends humanity into the second ice age killing every living thing on the planet. The last remaining survivors are forced to board a massive train called the Snowpiercer, the brainchild of a mysterious man called Wilford. The train, powered by an engine designed to last forever, travels the earth on a globe spanning track which circumnavigates the planet exactly once per year. The train's cabins are divided by class where the richest members of society ride in the front of the train with all the luxuries of life, while the lower class rides in the tail of the train, given little and struggle to survive. This is the 18th year of the Snowpiercer's journey.