The Snowman review – lukewarm serial-killer thriller

Michael Fassbender stars in a disappointing Jo Nesbø adaptation that’s short on subtlety and suspense

From Tomas Alfredson, the director who brought such emotional intelligence to the vampire genre with Let the Right One In, this Nordic crime drama is something of a disappointment. Stridently adapted from a novel by Jo Nesbø, the film casts Michael Fassbender as an alcoholic detective who – metaphor alert – is plagued by the “toxic air” in his mould-filled apartment. A score that gathers force like a crashing avalanche of panic cues us for the serial-killer horror to come. But the film is remarkably casual about the number of dismembered female corpses it accrues – the death of one principal character is chucked away like a used tissue – and quick to blame the murders on the failings of a mother.

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Wendy Ide

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