Panned by critics, mystery thriller The Snowman is a curious misfire from some great actors and filmmakers. So what happened?
Nb: The following contains major, major spoilers for The Snowman movie and the original novel.
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Most great crime thrillers hook us in with a mystery: who's the killer? The Snowman, released earlier this month to a blizzard of chilly reviews, offers another conundrum that lurks just outside the frame: how did a film with such a sterling pedigree go so bafflingly wrong?
The plot, as laid out in Jo Nesbo's best-selling novel of the same name, sounds like decent fodder for a disturbing thriller in the vein of Seven or The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.