The Snowman

The Snowman

DVD - 2018
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When an elite crime squad's lead detective investigates the disappearance of a victim on the first snow of winter, he fears an elusive serial killer may be active again. With the help of a brilliant recruit, the cop must connect decades-old cold cases to the brutal new one if he hopes to outwit this unthinkable evil before the next snowfall.
Publisher: [Universal City, California] :, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment,, [2018]
Branch Call Number: DVD Snowman
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (120 min.) :,sound, color ;,4 3/4 in.
digital, optical, surround, stereo, Dolby digital 5.1, Dolby digital 2.0, rda
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JCLZachC Jan 10, 2018

Critics' hated it, it bombed at the box office, but I rather enjoyed it. It's an interesting serial killer mystery that weaves a sprawling web of criminal activity beyond the hunt for the titular "snowman killer". I found the main character's intuitiveness in spite of his struggles wi... Read More »

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Mar 16, 2018

This is the worst adaptation I have ever seen. (Yes, worse than the 1970s Russian Avant-garde adaptations of Shakespeare!) Slow beyond boring. And why are they able to correctly pronounce "Stop" as "Stoop" but unable to correctly pronounce "Hole" as "Hoo-lay"? Really, we have to have potty humor in a serious crime drama? The "artistic views" are neither artistic nor do they move the plot or set tone. Spend your precious time on something else.

Mar 13, 2018

I love the Nesbo books, but I found the story in this DVD confusing at times. I think the pieces are there and acting was acceptable, but the editing was ineffective.

Mar 13, 2018

Gritty and gruesome police crime drama with some of the biggest names in movies from the author (Jo Nesbø) and actors (Michael Fassbender, Rebecca Ferguson (agent Faust in M.I.), Charlotte Gainsbourg, Toby Jones, Val Kilmer, J. K. Simmons, and Chloë Sevigny. Their stage is the wintry Norway -- described in the bonus material: the drive over the Atlantic Road, Oslo, Ulriken Mountain in Bergen.

Mar 08, 2018

The Snowman is a film based on the Jo Nesbo book by the same name. Michael Fassbender plays Harry Hole, the Oslo police detective who is barely hanging on to his job due to his part-time profession of being an alcoholic. This must be about the 3rd or 4th Harry Hole novel (I’ve read them all, but don’t remember them too well) making the DVD a little confusing since you don’t know the characters or their relationships and no groundwork or background is given in the film. I find the books pretty confusing, the story and characters aren’t well defined for me, but maybe that is part of the fun for Nesbo in writing them. This DVD is not a great detective story, even with a string of gruesome murders, the characters and the unraveling mystery is not all that interesting. If you’ve read the books, you may want to watch the DVD, if you have not read the books the DVD is probably not worth watching, in the cold winter setting with cold characters, the DVD is overall rather cold.

Mar 07, 2018

Could not get through this confusing movie. Now I see that Fassbender will be in anything - doesn't have to be good.

Mar 02, 2018

A fine cast cannot save this mediocre script; but what makes this movie interesting is its 'look'. Director Tomas Alfredson (who did the 'Tinker, Tailor" remake) has a knack for exploiting both the natural and built landscape to frame really arresting shots, of which this film has quite a few. Those stand-alone moments are a partial offset to the disjointed story, gratuitous violence, and cliché-ridden ending that is sooo predictable.

Jan 29, 2018

A thinking person's Mystery.. You will not guess until the end who did it!!!

Jan 19, 2018

Had a lot of potential, but the movie is very disjointed and flows poorly. Director revealed they rushed the production and failed to shoot 15% of the script.

Jan 19, 2018

Had a lot of potential, but the movie is very disjointed and flows poorly. Director revealed they rushed the production and failed to shoot 15% of the script.

Jan 18, 2018

I watched the movie after having read the book. The movie changed many details and left many significant things out. The book had twists and turns in the plot with the characters that was not represented in the movie, and the psychological tension I enjoyed in the book was largely absent from the movie. Read the book! It’s a much better story and worth the time.

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Mar 13, 2018

Was it right for Sylvia Ottersen to kill her unborn child... simply because she couldn't keep track of who the father was?
-That was her choice.
You have a woman who loves you. A boy who's devoted to you. Why did you abandon them?
-They deserve better.
Too easy.
-Because I'm selfish. I'm an addict. There isn't enough room for them.
You know, when I first saw your picture in the papers... with all those medals... I thought, "That man must have a perfect family."
I need a case... to work on.
-I apologize for Oslo's low murder rate.


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