Let It Snow
A couple days ago, I saw an ad on TNT about a new, upcoming series that will be premiering on the channel in two months, on May 31, called Snowpiercer. It looks uncommon for a TV show, a dystopian story set on board a train. The iMDB describes its plot as, "Set over seven years after the world has become a frozen wasteland, Snowpiercer centers on the remnants of humanity, who inhabit a gigantic, perpetually-moving train that circles the globe." The series stars Jennifer Connelly, who won an Oscar as Best Supporting Actress for A Beautiful Mind, and Daveed Diggs who won a Best Supporting Actor Tony Award for the musical Hamilton..
There's a point to all this. Bear with me. Here's the trailer.
As I said, it's unique for a TV series. And a good trailer. Except for one thing. For some surprising reason, they chose not to add this line --
"Based on the movie, Snowpiercer, directed and co-written by Bong Joon Ho, creator of the Oscar-winning Best Picture, Parasite."
The movie Snowpiercer is absolutely terrific, a dazzling, tour-de-force 2013 film that won 33 international awards. Why on earth they don't mention the TV series' connection to this year's Oscar-winner is beyond me. Perhaps because it's on a foreign film, but I doubt that because countless TV series have been based on movies -- and few (if any) based on Oscar-winning Best Pictures. Maybe because the original source is a French graphic novel and they only bought the rights to that -- though I find it hard to believe that they wouldn't buy up all the rights.
By the way, although a Korean movie, it was in English for its international release and had an impressive cast, including Chris Evans (from Captain America and the Avengers movies), Tilda Swinton (Oscar-winner for Michael Clayton). Jamie Bell (who played Elton John's songwriting partner Bernie Taupin in Rocketman), John Hurt (two Oscar nominations for The Elephant Man and Midnight Express), three-time Oscar nominee Octavia Spencer,(who won for The Help). and Ed Harris from The Truman Show, Apollo 13 and Oscar-nominated for Pollock. Even one of my faves, the wonderful Allison Pill (from HBO's The Newsroom and currently Star Trek: Picard and Devs) has a small role.
The iMDB description of the film is "In a future where a failed climate-change experiment has killed all life except for the lucky few who boarded the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe, a new class system emerges." In fact, like Bong Joon Ho's Parasite, the film has a strong class warfare center -- with a heavy emphasis on the warfare.
Here's the trailer of the original movie. It doesn't do the film justice, but you'll get a good idea. And it's highly recommended. And yes, the movie is included on my list of train movies that I post every National Train Day.
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Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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