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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
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A character driven mystery of considerable emotional power, harrowing, and always compelling. --Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter
A gripping thriller...devasting, suspenseful & dazzling! --Dennis Dermody, Paper Magazine
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Now, on to the story:
Mikael Blomkvist is a journalist, convicted, unjustly he believes, of libel against a powerful industrialist. As Blomkvist awaits the commencement of his sentence, he is hired by a scion of a wealthy family to investigate the disappearance of the man's bellowed niece 40 years earlier. Everyone, initially including Blomkvist, believes the case is hopeless. Unexpectedly though, help comes in form of "the girl with the dragon tattoo", Lisbeth Salander. The mysterious woman clearly has a severe past: despite being 24 years old, her person and finances are being managed by a court appointed guardian. She does however, have a brilliant mind and, as we are about to learn, a powerful will... She quickly becomes the driving force of the investigation. We watch transfixed, as the past reaches into the presence, and touches the lives of Blomkvist, Salander, her guardian, the industrialist and the wealthy scion.
The story, as written by Larsson, is extremely brutal (consider that the original, and the very apt, Swedish title is "Men Who Hate Women"). However, I am inclined to believe the violence serves as another character in the story and as such is necessary. I am therefore glad that the filmmakers did not seek to tamper it, thus neutering the punch the story delivers.Read more ›
The movie is enjoyable whether or not you've read the book and is one of the rare ones that improves upon the book. [THE GODFATHER is the only other one that comes to mind.]
Danish director Niels Arden Oplev's dark and atmospheric cinematography establishes an ice-cold mood from the outset, with the action taking place in winter on an isolated island where the sun never seems to shine. Outdoor scenes are mostly black, white, and gray; interior scenes are full of clutter and of dark wood of almost claustrophobic heaviness. Michael Nyqvist (as Mikael Blomqvist) conveys the sense of loss, even betrayal, that his character feels after losing a libel case in a miscarriage of justice, and his vulnerability makes him the perfect foil for Noomi Rapace (as Lizbeth Salander).Read more ›
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Read the book then watched it. Good adaptation.
Kind of dark. I think I will watch again with subtitles. Read more
Very compelling thriller, with great acting throughout. Hard to watch, with some brutal rape/torture, but a great storyline with lots of detail and twists. Read morePublished 1 month ago by decorstylist
An amazing movie....Noomi Rapace should be a huge international movie star by now. I know she's been in several American movies (see Prometheus!) but she needs to be in more. Read morePublished 1 month ago by iburiedhoop