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Everybody loves a snowman; especially after seeing the movieFrozen, where the cute Olaf makes us remember our childhood days. But this is not an ordinary snowman that one would like to make or see in a cold winter evening. This is one which proclaims that somebody is about to be slashed by a sociopath; a man orphaned at a young age by an unknown father and a mother who by choice drowned in a frozen lake.
Directed by Tomas Alfredson, the movie is based upon Jo Nesbo’s novel with the same title. The movie has an amazing cast as well as the director who directed the famous movie, Let The Right One In, which was not only hailed by many critics but also won several awards. However, this British crime thriller didn’t actually thrill a lot of people, despite its tense trailer and the fact that it is based upon the bestselling novel, both of which really raised viewers' expectations. In the movie Michael Fassbender plays Harry Hole, a drunken cop and a not-so-good surrogate father. As he, along with the new recruit Katrine Bratt tries to find the murderer behind the macabre series of killing, the spectators sometimes try to figure out the ho-hum scenes for which the director says that “Our shoot time in Norway was way too short, we didn’t get the whole story with us and when we started cutting we discovered that a lot was missing. It’s like when you’re making a big jigsaw puzzle and a few pieces are missing so you don’t see the whole picture.”
The very first scene introduces an unusual character, the uncle of a clearly tormented kid, who hits his mother because he doesn’t give the right answer to the obscure history questions he asks. Then we see Harry Hole, a cop as unusual as his name, working on a case relating to a woman’s disappearance. Along with good-looking recruit, whose past links with the flashbacks, he tries to catch the person who murders mothers and women who have abortions, building a creepy snowman at the site of every murder. There are a number of scenes displaying a several grisly incidents, ranging from a woman chopping the head off a hen, to a half-naked woman trying to seduce one of the prime suspects, but the only problem is that they are not stitched together. Some parts of the film ended up feeling a bit out of place as a result.
Thus, one can see that many scenes are missing from what we see in the trailer and the movie doesn’t go as smoothly as expected, however as a crime thriller one can be dismayed (or thrilled) at seeing the head of a woman on a snowman or a snow ball in place of a person’s head. The movie ends in a not-so-fantastic way (it's a very unsatisfying showdown between the killer and Harry Hole), leaving a few questions in the mind of the audience. But if you want to spend your two hours taking a peep into the games played by a detective and a ruthless killer and a recruit who wants to take revenge for her father’s death; grab a packet of popcorn and enjoy the dramatic and mysterious ambience of the movie at the Tyneside cinema.


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