How a thriller can have so many familiar plot beats and still be incomprehensible is a mystery of filmmaking voodoo. Between Michael Fassbender being more lifeless than his valium use can explain and little narrative tissue between A and B, this is a painful slog enjoyable only to rifftrackers prurient enough to laugh at the name "Harry Hole." And the murky editing is signed by (say it ain't so!) Thelma Schoonmaker.
Great locations, cast, photo, ok soundtrack, great sound design, competent director and decent source material. BUT, all of this does not matter since the director did not get time enough to shoot the whole script. What we are left with are pieces of a story slapped together without much sense, motivation or agency. The biggest fault is the villain whose motivation is completely nonsensical. Train wreck!!!
I am trying to remember things about this movie and I can't, except that already when watching it I couldn't. Harry Hole has sex while Sigur Ros plays, I think. Wait, why did the killer build snowmen? Why is a homeless man on this case? Who are any of these characters? I think this gets political at some point? J.K Simmons is in this? What?
One of the worst movies I've ever seen, and I can not help but wonder if things could have have turned out differently if they just stuck to the book. The scenes are scattered, and it's really hard to follow the plot; 90% of the decisions made by the characters make zero sense to those who didn't read the book. There's music in literally. every. scene. in the movie, and the entire cast looks lost. It's a huge mess.
Not nearly as bad as the critical response made it to be. It's a solid crime thriller with extraordinary visual solutions and direction that overshadow the likes of "Wind River" while the story is acceptable for your typical genre flick. None the less, it's a step backward for Alfredson after he made two straight-up masterpieces and it seems that it lacks richness and profoundness that previous two films had.