15 Cool Facts About SNOWPIERCER
Snowpiercer has been a runaway hit this summer and while it probably won’t hit blockbuster status, it definitely struck a major chord with critics and fans around the world. Almost right after it hit theaters, it arrived on VoD as well, which was a bit of a weird decision. A decision that I expect came from the makers of the film wanting their movie to be seen by as many people as possible while there was still a ton of hype surrounding it.
I was incredibly happy to have been able to see the movie while it was in theaters (and I got to see it in a really cool Seattle film festival theater). It inspired me to want to write about the film and while Agents of Geek contributor, Bryce Wilson, beat me to the review, I thought I would tell you guys a little bit more about the film just in case you liked the movie as much as me.
Keep in mind that if you haven’t seen the film, there may be some spoilers ahead for you, so read with discretion.
- It’s based on a French graphic novel written by Jacques Lob and illustrated by Jean-Marc Rochette. It was recently translated to English, conveniently just before the release of the film and published by Titan Comics at the beginning of this year. The English adaptation is called Snowpiercer while the original French version is titled Le Transperceneige.
- Speaking of the book that the movie is based on, illustrator Jean-Marc Rochette did all of the art that you see the character Painter (Clark Middleton) do in the film.
- Jamie Bell’s character in the film is named Edgar and was named after the director Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz).
- Snowpiercer is now the third dystopian film that John Hurt has had a part in with the previous two being Nineteen Eighty-Four and V for Vendetta.
- While watching the movie you discover that the protein blocks for the rear of the train are made from some rather undesirable things. The protein blocks were actually made up of seaweed, tangle, sugar and gelatin. Jamie Bell hated them while Tilda Swinton apparently enjoyed them.
- Joon-ho Bong (The Host) has previously directed ten other films (and shorts) but this is his first English film.
- After seeing the film, it’s hard to picture anyone else in each of the roles, but originally funny gal Rebel Wilson was supposed to play the part of Claude, the right-hand man (so to speak) to the train’s engineer and conductor, Wilford.
- Chris Evans had stated a little while ago that he wanted to take a step back from acting once he was through with his commitments so that he could focus on directing. However, despite this he sought out director Joo-ho Bong personally for an audition after hearing about the casting news.
- They don’t touch on it in the film, but it’s implied that there’s more to The Revolt of the Seven for the character Namgoong Minsoo. If you picked up on this too, you can say “AH HA!” to this tidbit: The Revolt of the Seven’s female leader is Namkoong Minsu’s wife as well as Yona’s mother.
- When the fight scene in the torchlight was filmed, there was actually no other source of light outside of the fire.
- There are 1001 sections in the train and 26 sections appear during the course of the film. Bong had wanted to show a zoo section if the budget allowed him, but it didn’t wind up happening.
- The set for the film was more than 500m long. Ed Harris was reportedly overwhelmed at the sheer size of it when he first arrived.
- Originally during the epilogue Timmy narrated the scene but Bong wanted to leave the ending open to interpretation and took it out of the final cut.
- The aquarium that you see the characters pass by in one of the scenes is completely computer generated.
- Tilda Swinton had to spend over two hours getting ready with make-up and costumes for her role as Mason. Like Chris Evans, Swinton was considering pulling back from her acting career a bit in a sort of semi-retirement but was inspired when Bong suggested her for the role (and the character was originally going to be male).