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The Snowman (2017)

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Detective Harry Hole investigates the disappearance of a woman whose scarf is found wrapped around an ominous-looking snowman.

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Tomas Alfredson

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Peter Straughan (screenplay by), Hossein Amini (screenplay by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Fassbender ... Harry Hole
Rebecca Ferguson ... Katrine Bratt
Charlotte Gainsbourg ... Rakel
Jonas Karlsson ... Mathias
Michael Yates Michael Yates ... Oleg
Ronan Vibert ... Gunnar Hagen
J.K. Simmons ... Arve Stop
Val Kilmer ... Rafto
David Dencik ... Vetlesen
Toby Jones ... DC Svensson
Genevieve O'Reilly ... Birte Becker
James D'Arcy ... Filip Becker
Jeté Laurence ... Josephine Becker
Adrian Dunbar ... Frederik Aasen
Chloë Sevigny ... Sylvia Ottersen / Ane Pedersen
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Storyline

When an elite crime squad's lead detective 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, 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. Written by Katrina L. Harrison

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Soon the first snow will fall, and the hunt for a killer begins. See more »


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Rated R for grisly images, violence, some language, sexuality and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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English | Russian

Release Date:

20 October 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Snowman See more »

Filming Locations:

Norway See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,372,565, 22 October 2017

Gross USA:

$6,700,035

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$43,084,060
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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In the source novel, the police discuss several Swedish serial killers, including Thomas Quick (a.k.a. Sture Bergwall). However, Quick/Bergwall was eventually acquitted of the alleged murders. Brother Sten-Owe Bergwall and lawyer Pelle Svensson wrote books criticizing the Swedish authorities' handling of the cases. See more »

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Every time Val Kilmers character speaks you can easily tell his voice is dubbed over with someone else's (this is because Val Kilmer was being treated for throat cancer during filming and because of the surgery his throat was swelled so much he wasn't able to talk correctly) See more »

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[first lines]
Boy: Mom! Mom! Uncle Jonas is here.
Boy's Mother: No, it's not Tuesday today.
Boy: But he is. He's here.
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Under Blagul Fana (Under the Blue and Yellow Flag)
Written by Viktor Widqvist
Performed by Gothenburg Musicians
Conducted by Jerker Johansson
Courtesy of Naxos
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Under-appreciated like a fresh snowstorm
24 October 2017 | by klusebaSee all my reviews

The Snowman is a psychological thriller based upon Jo Nesbo's critically acclaimed novel of the same name. This film received mixed to negative critics but I have to disagree. Despite a few flaws, this film is overall above average in my book. Let's take a look at what several critics had to say and compare their points to my personal experience.

Many people complained that the movie didn't do the novel any justice and was missing several elements. I have to disagree because a movie can never be fully faithful to the original novel. That would also be quite unimaginative as you could simply stick to reading the novel if the movie had the very same characters, contents and dialogues. Overall, I think the movie portrayed the most important characters, events and locations and had a very appropriate length around two hours. If the movie had been longer, it would have overstayed its welcome and lost the audience's attention.

Several critics say that the movie has a confusing timeline and feels incoherent. This isn't the case at all. The movie starts with an obvious and important flashback that introduces us to the serial killer and why he has become such a monster. The only other flashback shows us a police officer and later on detective in Bergen who was investigating a case related to what would turn out to be the serial killer's crimes. The content of the flashback as well as the portrayed investigator are very important for the film and add some crucial depth to it. Aside of these two flashbacks, the film has a perfectly coherent chronological order with a strong exposition, an elaborate rising action, an intense climax, a gloomy falling action and a very short resolution that doesn't overstay its welcome.

I have read in many reviews that the potential of the actresses and actors isn't fully exploited. I have to disagree once more. Michael Fassbender was convincing as desperate police officer who was struggling with his alcohol addiction, his complicated family situation and the complex case. He performed this character with its credible flaws and strengths in a very authentic way. Rebecca Ferguson was just as convincing as young, energetic and dynamic officer with a mysterious hidden agenda. This actress also portrayed a credible character with amazing strengths and complex weaknesses. The supporting actresses and actors also did an excellent job from the pervert businessman to the disillusioned teenager. I would even go as far to say that this psychological thriller had some of the greatest acting performance and most interesting characters in recent memory.

Add a constantly gloomy atmosphere, stunning landscapes in and around Bergen and Oslo and twisted finale and you have a very well- made genre movie.

The only reasons why this movie didn't get an even better rating are the fact that the first third of the movie overstays its welcome and takes too much time to introduce characters and get the actual story started and that the story itself isn't the most original one and at times quite predictable if you are familiar with other genre movies and novels. Obviously, the source material has to be blamed for the latter downside and not the script.

That being said, The Snowman is an overall enjoyable thriller with a gloomy atmosphere, stunning landscapes and great acting performances. While it might not be among this year's greatest film, one should ignore overtly harsh and biased critics and give this movie a fair chance. Genre fans should at least appreciate it.


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