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The Snowman - Film Review

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Published October 18th 2017
I wasn't sure what I had signed up to when I agreed to see The Snowman. Then I watched the start of the trailer and it immediately grabbed my attention.

My friend is usually up to date with horror movies so I kept asking, 'Is it a horror or thriller?' to which she would just wave off my question.

Considering her reaction and the fact it's nearly Halloween, I could only deduce that it's a horror. It's not quite.



It's more of a thriller and it is based on a novel (The Snowman), written by a Norwegian crime-writer, Jo Nesbo.

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Free popcorn and drinks on the way in


The preview screening was hosted by Village Cinemas at Crown, which provided free popcorn and drinks (very helpful for the 30-degree day).

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Preview screening perks


The Snowman is Nesbo's seventh novel in her "Harry Hole" series, who is the main character and unorthodox detective of the movie. He is played by Michael Fassbender, who you may recognise from films such as 300, Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds or Assassin's Creed.

His character may remind you of protaganists such as 'House', a loner and a drunk who doesn't play by the rules but is excellent at his job.

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A packed preview screening


The movie touches the surface of the issues in his personal life, but I feel it could have been developed further. However, it is only a snippet of a series of books, so maybe that would give you more insight into his troubled life.

His case in focus in this film covers the disappearances of several women. The only common factors stringing the disappearances together seem to be snow falling on the night they disappear and the fact that they have a family.

The story moves slowly but the cinematography captures it beautifully. From the close-ups of crime scenes to the epic mountainous terrain covered in snowfall, it immerses you in this fictional story taking place in Oslo, Norway.

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A different type of thriller to be seen


Similarly to Harry Hole's story, the killer's story could have done with more depth, so I wonder if the novel would give a more thorough insight. The over-dramatisation of graphic crime scenes does remind you that is in fact based on a novel, so crazy killers like this don't necessarily have to be realistic (but who knows right?)

The acting and casting seemed to work well and it was refreshing to see a full-length crime film with a unique storyline, after the plethora of action and horror films that have come out this year.

Take a look at the trailer for a glimpse into this movie below.



The Snowman is out in cinemas now.

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Village Cinemas Crown

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Why? To immerse yourself in the investigation of an odd killer, who leaves snowmen behind after his crimes
When: In cinemas from Thursday October 19th
Where: Now showing
Cost: $16-$25 per person
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