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USA/Norwegen 2017 - with Michael Fassbender, Rebecca Ferguson, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Val Kilmer, J.K. Simmons ...

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Movie info

Original title:The Snowman
Genre:Thriller, Drama
Direction:Thomas Alfredson
Cinema release:19.10.2017
Production country:USA/Norwegen 2017
Running time:Approx. 119 min
Rated:Age 16+

The disappearance of several young mothers in Oslo puzzles the police. This is where the top-notch sleuthing skills of Harry Hole (Michael Fassbender) are called upon. But he has long been a wreck both physically and mentally and has just had another total crash. With the help of investigator Katrine Bratt (Rebecca Ferguson), who has just been transferred from Bergen to Oslo, Harry is determined to track down the perpetrator despite the difficult battle against his own demons. A suspect is quickly found, and the case seems solved. But Harry suspects that this is just a false trail and that there is much more behind the murders - what he doesn't suspect is how personal this case is yet to become.

With investigator Harry Hole, author Jo Nesbø has created a true cult character. He now belongs to Oslo the way Sherlock Holmes belongs to London. There are even Harry Hole city tours. Twenty years ago the first volume was published, followed by ten more to date. Now Harry Hole finally makes it to the cinema with Snowman, the film adaptation of the seventh book. But unfortunately, especially fans of the books must prepare for a disappointment. Actually, the conditions are right: With Thomas Alfredson (So dark the night), a director was hired who knows how to stage atmospherically dense suspense. And even if he may not quite meet the readers' expectations, Michael Fassbender is also in principle a good choice for the role of Harry Hole.

Unfortunately, much of this great potential was completely squandered by some bad choices. There's no question that the film looks great. The Norwegian landscapes look fascinating and menacing at the same time, creating an electrifying tension that is maintained for long stretches, at least for viewers who don't know the book. But then it becomes more and more clear that the film dwells on many trivialities that have no real relevance to the actual story, but then barely elaborates on the motive of the perpetrator.

So the finale then seems extremely flat and the change to the book almost makes for an unintentionally funny moment between Harry Hole and the killer here. Somehow it seems as if important parts of the story are missing and as if they just arbitrarily cut different scenes together in the hope that it will somehow result in a coherent resolution of a story that was initially well-developed.!

Schneemann isn't really a bad movie, which would probably have ended up being less disappointing than this half-baked mix of gripping thriller with a few solid shock moments and shallow crime thriller that lacks any subtlety. No question, Harry Hole is a great hero of modern crime literature. In cinema, however, he makes a very weak debut that doesn't necessarily cry out for a repeat performance. On the other hand . it can actually only get better. Therefore, there is only one: Conditionally worth seeing!

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Cinema trailer for the movie "Snowman (USA/Norwegen 2017)"
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