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.
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.
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.