Chloe Sevigny, Dad's Army, Genevieve O'Reilly, James D'Arcy, JK Simmons, Jo Nesbo, Martin Scorsese, Michael Fassbender, Rebecca Ferguson, Sofia Helin, The Bridge, The Girl on the Train, The Light Between Oceans, The Snowman, Toby Jones, Whiplash, X-Men
Based on the book of the same name by Jo Nesbo, The Snowman is a crime thriller produced by Martin Scorsese and follows Detective Harry Hole (Michael Fassbender, X-Men, The Light Between Oceans, Shame) as he investigates the disappearances of women where the connecting link between them is a snowman found at their properties.
The story line has you hooked from the beginning and continues until the very end. There are some brilliant twists and turns, and although my friend twigged the killer about halfway through it’s not blatantly obvious as to who it is. Luckily for us it’s not scary either! The trailer had us wondering if it was a horror, but we decided to risk it and actually it’s not much of a thriller either. There’s a couple of moments where you think something might jump out but nothing like that ever happens. The ‘thriller’ aspect comes more from the chase of catching the killer, and it’s also quite gruesome with some close-up shots of some very realistic wounds!
There is a great cast, led by Michael Fassbender, who is so good at adapting to different roles and really portraying the characters in a way that makes them believable. Here he is Harry, who we see from the start has a drinking problem, and is desperate for a case to sink his teeth into to help him get back on track. Michael Fassbender is always great and here is no exception, his character is flawed but that only draws us to him more. Harry is teamed up with Katrine (Rebecca Ferguson, Mission Impossible, The Girl on the Train) who has her own agenda for taking on the Snowman case. The two detectives have very different ways of working, and with both hiding secrets it takes a while before they start to trust each other. Michael and Rebecca work brilliantly together, their characters are both instantly likeable and you are willing them on in their search for the killer.
Supporting the two leads are a host of well known names and faces: J.K. Simmons (The Accountant, Whiplash), Toby Jones (The Hunger Games, Dad’s Army), Genevieve O’Reilly (Star Wars, Spooks, Episodes), James D’Arcy (Dunkirk, Broadchurch), Chloe Sevigny (American Horror Story) and Sofia Helin (The Bridge). Not all the names have very big parts – Sofia Helin is sadly only in the first 5 minutes – but each character brings something to the narrative and all act their parts brilliantly.
Overall, The Snowman is a very good watch. If you like crime thrillers than this is perfect for you! It has also been released just as winter approaches so the setting with snow all around is something which we can relate to very soon – hopefully without the creepy snowmen though! – the snow also helps to give an eerie feeling which adds to the tension. I actually really liked this film, the narrative is believable and the cast really pull you in so you’re fully transported into that world. I would definitely recommend it!