The Snowman

Crime,Drama,Horror

Like Eric Morecambe’s piano-playing, this serial-killer misfire hits all the right notes, just not necessarily in the right order Discuss this article

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Like Eric Morecambe’s piano-playing, this serial-killer misfire hits all the right notes, just not necessarily in the right order. There are gruesome murders, a distinctive MO (the killer leaves a snowman outside his victims’ homes) and a troubled cop to make sense of it all.

Alas, the tension dissipates in a tangle of muddled subplots, sluggish pacing and some strange decisions from director Tomas Alfredson (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy). The result isn’t a Bone Collector, never mind a Se7en.

The “star” of the show is Michael Fassbender’s Oslo detective Harry Hole, a veteran crime-solver with genius-level insight, a self-destructive streak and – for some reason – a plastic bag he carries everywhere. This is a man with so much baggage, some of it is actual baggage.

But it’s in the more standard genre elements that The Snowman really melts. Few of the murders are shown first-hand, squandering tension, and the trail of clues is regularly forgotten.

Where Alfredson does succeed is in realising the film’s rich visual landscape. The ice-crusted fjords and valleys shimmer in the frost. It’s not enough to salvage the story, and it’s unlikely to launch the hoped-for Harry Hole franchise, but it doesn’t half sell Norway. Phil De Semlyen

The bottom line
Should have been great, is actually gibberish.

By Time Out Dubai staff
Time Out Abu Dhabi,

The Snowman

  • Duration: 119
  • Released: Thu, 12 Oct
  • Language: English
  • Director: Tomas Alfredson
  • Stars: Michael Fassbender, Rebecca Ferguson, Chloë Sevigny

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