THE SNOWMAN – Rated R – 1 hr 59 mins.


THE SNOWMAN – Rated R – 1 hr 59 mins.

Starring Michael Fassbender, Rebecca Ferguson, Charlotte Gainsbourg

We have a new crime thriller detective brought to us by Norwegian author Jo Nesbo.  Harry Hole (Michael Fassbender) is one of those typical detectives we have all seen before who is not only an amazing detective work, but also an alcoholic, who passes out from time to time.

The Snowman is the first in Nesbo’s series, following a serial killer through the snow.  The killer is enforcing all of his own codes and leaving clues along the way.  The problem is that the film is a little long and filled with very bad exchanges between the main characters.

Harry has an ex Rakel (Charlotte Gainsbourg) who has a child Oleg (Michael Yates).  While Oleg is not Hole’s son, he does treat him like his son.  Hole also has a new partner Katrine Bratt (Rebecca Ferguson).  She is tracking the serial killer who is targeting the mothers who have had kids, but don’t know who the father might be.  They know he has killed before and was tracked by Rafto (Val Kilmer).

Again, I can’t tell you how slow moving this flick is, plus you will figure out who the killer is in the middle of the flick, or earlier which leaves a lot of down time.  Kilmer struggles in the flick; you can tell he is battling some kind of oral cancer.  He is very frail and really doesn’t speak much, and when he does it is kind of painful to watch.

There is a sub-story throughout the flick that involves J.K. Simmons.  This whole part of the story is not needed, it is in the story to throw us off the path of the killer, but it really does not do anything for the story.  I think even director Tomas Alfredson knows it is not going to do well; he has been on record stating the production was rushed.  I hardly think anything in The Snowman was rushed at two hours it could have been rushed a little more.

grade The Snowman a D, if you like thrillers wait until this hits dvd next month.

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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 InTinker 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.

The Snowman is produced by Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner (The Theory of EverythingLes Misérables), as well as Piodor Gustafsson (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) and Robyn Slovo (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy).

A Working Title Production—in association with Another Park Film—the thriller is executive produced by Nesbø, Niclas Salomonsson, Martin Scorsese, Alfredson, Liza Chasin and Amelia Granger.

The film was shot entirely on location in Norway in the cities of Oslo and Bergen and the area of Rjukan.

Genre: Thriller

Cast: Michael Fassbender, Rebecca Ferguson, Charlotte Gainsbourg with Val Kilmer and J.K. Simmons

Directed by: Tomas Alfredson

Screenplay by: Hossein Amini and Peter Straughan

Based on the Novel by: Jo Nesbø

Produced by: Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Piodor Gustafsson, Robyn Slovo

Executive Producers: Jo Nesbø, Niclas Salomonsson, Martin Scorsese, Tomas Alfredson, Liza Chasin and Amelia Granger