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.
It would be interesting to know how or where this beautifully cast film, under competent direction, went awry. It's not as bad as people say, but there is something irksome about it all the way through, as if scenes are somehow cut short or missing. And the ending is stupid.
Sans incriminer nullement l'interprétation des principaux acteurs, sobrement investis dans leurs personnages, on ne peut que constater la triste nullité de l'ensemble, en incriminant un montage désastreux, un terrible manquement scénaristique, d'incompréhensibles raccourcis, pour ce qui aurait pu devenir une référence du film noir réussi avec comme départ un magnifique roman scandinave. www.cinefiches.com
Freddo, in tutti i sensi. Quello che poteva essere un soggetto interessante viene reso debolissimo da una regia piatta a dir poco, delle scene umanamente ridicole e dei vuoti di trama ingiustificabili. I protagonisti sono caratterizzati poco e male, la suspense chiamarla "scarsa" sarebbe un complimento e un sacco di personaggi che sembrano fondamentali si perdono nella foschia di sottotrame inconcluse. Che spreco.
Da dove cominciare? Dalla prima scena, con l'assurda morte della madre che annega fissando impassibile il figlio. Proseguiamo con scene prive di pathos, l'identità segreta e poco originale della co-protagonista e arriviamo al gran finale, con Harry che non soffre la perdita di un dito, la ridicola morte dell'assassino e la sparizione del pappone che sembrava un cattivo importante. Purtroppo non ho spazio per altro...
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.
Flawed? Absolutely, but has a lot of qualities that many seems to have missed. Some scenes are goosebumps-inducing (Ulriken, the Oslo tram, and the city hall, for instance), and the score is amazing. Alfredson makes a nightmare-ish fairytale land that resembles more the work of Verhoeven and even Tim Burton, than Fincher. Would like to see more, if someone took a second glance at the script.