“The Snowman” a ball for some, while others give a frosty reception

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“The Snowman” a ball for some, while others give a frosty reception

Michael Fassbender stars in

Michael Fassbender stars in "The Snowman."

Raider Times photo / Coutesy Universal Pictures

Michael Fassbender stars in "The Snowman."

Raider Times photo / Coutesy Universal Pictures

Raider Times photo / Coutesy Universal Pictures

Michael Fassbender stars in "The Snowman."

Carolina Pesqueira, Raider Times staff

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I was biting off my nails during the whole screening of “The Snowman.” But it isn’t for everyone: My companion fell asleep halfway is proof.

“The Snowman” is based on a novel with the same name by Jo Nesbo. It is about a serial killer that for every time he kills, his signature is leaving behind a snowman.

“The Snowman” is a suspenseful, mysterious movie and great for those who love a hunt with the thrill of not knowing what is going on.

If you have ever seen Sherlock Holmes, “The Snowman” is something close to it. Like Sherlock Holmes and his chase for Lord Blackwood, the person responsible for a series of murders around London, a detective is also in search of a killer who has a certain pattern in his crimes. I was always looking for clues in the background of every scene, but you really just have to pay attention to what is happening and wait for the story to unravel.

It is certainly an interesting movie. The filmmakers do a great job of hiding who the serial killer is, and the level of gore in the scenes is decent, but enough to leave some shock.

The beginning doesn’t really capture the audience, but it gives a lot of information of what the movie is about and who is who, so it is recommended to pay close attention to the start of the movie. It can also be confusing; there are moments when the past is portrayed and then it goes back to the present, but there is a moment when you realize which is which.

There are moments where you are in complete shock and that really makes you want to know more. I was really frustrated in some moments, then it made me eat popcorn nonstop because of how intriguing it was becoming.

“The Snowman” is rated R. At first I was afraid that it would be a movie with too much nudity and over-the-top blood scenes, but it was really realistic. It certainly isn’t a movie for children, that is for sure, as it contains scenes with some blood and the cutting of body parts, as well as some improper language. There is also one scene where there is nudity and one that gives a hint of sex. It wasn’t an over-the-top R-rated movie as there are some video games with more violence than “The Snowman.”

It is a really realistic movie and it gives an idea of how a serial killer in the real world would act. There are some movies that you just need to watch once, but “The Snowman” is definitely a movie I would watch again.

–Oct. 19, 2017–

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