The Snow­man

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she be­lieves her fa­ther, mav­er­ick de­tec­tive Gert Rafto (Val Kilmer), was mur­dered by The Snow­man.

Hole rou­tinely gets cryptic notes from The Snow­man, which he con­sis­tently ig­nores un­til he re­alises what the notes mean. The same, we see in flash­backs, hap­pened to Rafto be­fore he ul­ti­mately had his head blown off with a shot­gun by the ma­niac se­rial killer. The killer left the head of a grim faced snow­man where Rafto’s head would have been.

It seems the snow­man tar­gets women who have chil­dren with dif­fer­ent fa­thers. And he loves de­cap­i­tat­ing the women and plac­ing their heads on the tops of snow­men.

The film gives us a num­ber of sus­pects, one of them a creepy man (JK Sim­mons) who is in the fore­front of Nor­way’s World Cup bid. He has an equally un­ap­peal­ing side­kick, Dr Idar Vetle­sen (David Denick) who, for the long­est time in the film, seems to be the mur­derer. It all comes to a head when bod­ies and a cell­phone be­long­ing to one of the miss­ing women are re­cov­ered at Vetle­sen’s res­i­dence.

There are as­pects of the film that didn’t make sense. Such as the pro­logue that sees a woman that is reg­u­larly ha­rassed by a cop take her own life.

The woman, who seems to have be hav­ing an il­licit re­la­tion­ship with the cop, is beaten up every time her son gets a his­tory quiz an­swer in­cor­rect.

Af­ter suf­fer­ing through watch­ing the slaps his mother re­ceives, the young man picks cof­fee beans on the floor when he picks his mother up.

He then runs out to go and build a snow­man. This is the first we see of the grim snow­man with the cof­fee bean smile. One would as­sume this is the se­rial killer’s back­story, but it could also so eas­ily be Harry Hole’s. It’s a bit con­fus­ing.

The boy’s mother leaves him or­phaned af­ter she takes her own life by driv­ing the car onto a frozen lake.

There’s also a scene where a man pre­tends to be clean­ing Hole’s apart­ment but ac­tu­ally isn’t the reg­u­lar cleaner. Why was that man in Hole’s apart­ment? Also, the re­la­tion­ship be­tween Hole and Bratt seems aw­fully un­clear.We can’t tell if they have a men­tor­mentee re­la­tion­ship or whether some­thing more ro­man­tic is hap­pen­ing.

De­spite these mo­ments, the sto­ry­line is co­her­ent, mostly. I also loved the rugged in­ten­sity of Fass­ben­der as Harry Hole.

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