Michael Fassbender (X-Men series), Rebecca Ferguson (Mission: Impossible—Rogue Nation), Charlotte Gainsbourg (Independence Day: Resurgence), Val Kilmer (Heat) and Academy Award® winner J.K. Simmons (Whiplash) star in The Snowman, a terrifying thriller from director Tomas Alfredson (Let the Right One In, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), based on Jo Nesbø’s global bestseller.
When an elite crime squad’s lead detective (Fassbender) investigates the disappearance of a victim on the first snow of winter, he fears an elusive serial killer may be active again. With the help of a brilliant recruit (Ferguson), the cop must connect decades-old cold cases to the brutal new one if he hopes to outwit this unthinkable evil before the next snowfall.
I read The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and saw the movie, preferring the book. However, the style of the book is what got me started on Norwegian psychological drama. Before watching this movie, I had seen some reviews for it and most claimed it was too slow-moving; I disagree, how fast can life be where it is snowing most of the time?
I base a good movie on how well it holds my attention and let me tell you, mine did not waiver, trying to keep track of the clues to the identity of the killer. The killer’s identity seemed pretty certain, but required confirmation. The only complaint I had was the second – or is it third – plot that is touched upon, developed, but never finished.
One of the things that stood out to me was the Norwegian eyes: most grey in color, and appearing – to me – life fish eyes. The next thing I noticed in the movie was the window motif: windows without curtains, window views, filming through windows. And lastly, the fish motif, most noticeable on one window.
There is a scene where Harry Hole is passed out, obviously from alcohol, in the freezing weather. I find it hard to believe one would not freeze to death overnight, sleeping off a drunk.