Director: Tomas Alfred
Cast: Michael Fassbender, Rebecca Ferguson, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Val Kilmer, J.K. Simmons
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror
Country of Origin: UK 2017 119 mins. (15)
Released by Universal Pictures
A cop with the name of Harry Hole (Michael Fassbender) hints that this Scandi-noir thriller adapted from Jo Nesbo's 2007 best seller may not live up to it's hype.
Harry Hole loves the booze and the rule book's not his thing. Rakel (Charlotte Gainsbourg), the lady in his life has walked but he's close to her teenage son Oleg (Michael Yates) so there's some good in this booze addled cop. Harry's on the hunt for a serial killer, who builds a snowman at each crime scene which makes him as the wonder kid, quickest Scandinavian snowman builder of all time and no body sees him sculpting in the snow. Add on Harry's partner Katrina Bratt (Rebecca Ferguson) who's linked to shady, lecherous mogul Arve Stop (J.K Simmons) and there are hints of a noir thriller.
How many booze addled, down-at-heel cops have we met but Harry Hole lays his demons to one side whenever he wants. Of course, there's a father-son angle, the Snowman's mother's death being linked to a sadistic policeman, a touch of the bizarre with Val Kilmer in flashbacks as Katrina Bratt's booze addled father but otherwise, it's edge-of-the seat thrill free. The screenplay offers little for the stellar cast to get to grips with and the movie slips out of director Tomas Alfred's (Tinker, Taylor, Soldier, Spy; Let the Right One in) hands into a long, uneventful stroll in the snow.