Critic’s Rating : / 5
Snowman Movie Review : A middling fast-paced thriller
Snowman Review: Pollywood is in full swing to explore new genres – suspense thrillers and crime sagas – with previous films such as Garinder Sidhu’s Criminal and now this. The first film by Aman Khatkar (which he co-produced with Gippy Grewal) has all of the elements of a crime thriller: suspense, brutal killing, thrilling moments, and some unexpected twists. It’s definitely an intense drama that attempts to depict the psychopath’s mind as well as the desperation felt by the families of his victims. But what it lacks is a solid screenplay to heighten the film’s suspenseful impact.
Set in the cold and picturesque snow-clad jungle in Canada, the story follows three main characters; Snowman (Rana), a merciless psychopath serial killer, Vikram (Jazzy B), a cop who wants to catch him, and Meher (Neeru Bajwa), who lives by the motive of killing Snowman to avenge her husband’s murder.
The 86-minute-long film is quite pacy and doesn’t give the audience much time to process what is happening on screen. The writing by Rana Ranbir, who also plays the antagonist in the film, is well-penned. But, the screenplay is a jumbled mess of emotions and character backstories. Additionally, the jump cuts between scenes disrupt the flow and even slow the pace. For instance, in one scene, a shootout and chase are taking place, and then, in the next cut, Meher is seen crying and missing her husband. The dialogues are quite average. Even the tagline, “Snowman, son of death,” is used so frequently that its impact quickly wanes.
Rana Ranbir is convincing as Snowman. He excels in emotional scenes, but in some scenes, he appears to be an odd choice as the serial killer. Neeru Bajwa’s portrayal of Meher Kaur perfectly captures her emotional turmoil. She only wants to find the sinister by any means necessary. Unfortunately, her role is limited to just that. Jazzy B did fairly well as police officer Vikram, whose aim is to nab Snowman down. Debutant Arshi Khatkar as Meher’s brother is quite promising. The evolution of his character is one of the major high points in the film.
Another highlight is the wintery town setting, as well as the naturally beautiful shots of the snow-capped woods. This creates a constant chill in the proceedings and sets the stage for a thrilling ride.
The film’s background score perfectly blends with the ongoing drama and adds gravitas to this crime thriller. The same cannot be said for the other songs, which appear at random throughout the plot.
The premise of Snowman isn’t new, as we’ve seen a town rocked by serial killers before. Yet, the film manages to keep the viewers guessing as to what will happen next. Sure, it’s not the best in its genre, but given that Pollywood is experimenting with this new genre, your curiosity may drive you to the theatres, where you’ll be entertained by outstanding performances, exciting moments, and mesmerising cinematography.