|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|
The Snowman is a chilling murder mystery: Blu-ray review
Michael Fassbender takes on the role of seasoned Norwegian investigator Harry Hole in the murder-mystery thriller, The Snowman — based on the book by Jo Nesbø.
The film opens on the tragic circumstances surrounding a young boy losing his mother, only to then be ditched by his abusive “uncle.” We flash forward to the present day where a drunk Harry wakes up on a frozen park bench.
He heads to the local police station, where he works as an investigator. His once sterling reputation as one of the best in the business is now tarnished by his frequent forays into alcoholism, which has cost him some of the more interesting cases.
When a letter falls into his lap from a longtime serial killer telling about his latest victim, Harry manages to snatch up the case and wrestles up a team, including a brash new recruit named Katrine Bratt (Rebecca Ferguson) who is particularly invested in the case. But what starts out as a careful and calculated investigation turns into a frantic search for the Snowman serial killer when Harry discovers things hit closer to home than he anticipated.
The Snowman captures the chilling mind of a serial killer, with the methodical killings taking place during snowfalls in wintered Norway, targeting victims who meet specific criteria, and leaving a snowman as the chilling calling card. Michael Fassbender does a decent job portraying the troubled, but skilled investigator Harry Hole. Fassbender is excellent at playing parts that are more quiet, revealing more in a look than his actions could describe.