|Directed by||:||Tomas Alfredson||Produced by||:||Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Robyn Slovo, Peter Gustafsson||Based on||:||The Snowman by Jo Nesbø||Starring||:||Michael Fassbender, Rebecca Ferguson, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Val Kilmer, J. K. Simmons||Production company||:||Perfect World Pictures, Working Title Films, Another Park Film||Country||:||United States|
It's as if everybody involved in The Snowman knew from the start that this wasn't going to work and agreed to put forth the minimum effort required to get it over with.
The Snowman boasts an amazing cast, a solid director, and popular source material. By all accounts, the film should at least provide two hours of distraction. Unfortunately, the movie is far less than the sum of its parts. It's disjointed and incomplete and leaves the viewer filled with confusion, rather than tension.
The unfortunately named Harry Hole (Michael Fassbender) is a police detective in Oslo, Norway. He was once one of the best in the country, but more recently he's given in to the bottle. Looking for something to keep his mind off drinking, he inserts himself into a missing person case being handled by newcomer Katrine Bratt (Rebecca Ferguson). She believes this disappearance is connected to several others that have been going for years. When Harry draws a connection between the snowmen that have been constructed near the victims' last known locations, and a taunting note he received in the mail, Harry begins to investigate what appears to be the work of a serial killer.