The Snowman

By Angie Raphael

2.5 stars

A film is always less enjoyable when the audience can correctly guess who the villain is well before the half-way mark. The Snowman, which is based on the novel by Norwegian crime writer Jo Nesbø, is too predictable and even slightly boring in some parts. Harry Hole (Michael Fassbender) is a detective who starts working with junior investigator Katrine Bratt (Rebecca Ferguson) on a mysterious serial killer case in which the murderer always leaves behind a snowman. If it were not for Fassbender's appeal, the film would have struggled even more to sustain its two-hour running time. Charlotte Gainsbourg is also credible as Harry's ex-partner and Ferguson is solid too. Unfortunately, J. K. Simmons gives an over-the-top performance as a mysterious rich man. Meanwhile, watching Val Kilmer on screen is a little heartbreaking given his health issues, which have affected his appearance and voice. He is a great actor but his performance as a detective in another jurisdiction is hindered. The Snowman was shot in Norway, but the Norwegian language is not used at all, which is a shame. There are better thrillers worth seeing than The Snowman.