Wednesday, July 28, 2010

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)


Another movie with a very good buzz around it, “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” was based off a best selling Swedish novel, one that is also doing quite well in its translated form in the states. It was only a matter of time before the movie (and a remake) were brought to US shores. But can a foreign murder mystery really be that interesting?


Mikael Blomkvist (Michael Nyqvist) is a reporter who was just successfully sued for libeling a high powered industrialist. With a prison term awaiting him Mikael is offered a job by Henrik Vengaer (Sven-Bertil Taube), a man of great wealth and power. He is seeking his favorite niece, Harriet (Ewa Froling) who disappeared years ago under mysterious circumstances. As Mikael begins his investigation he discovers that a young computer hacker named Lisbeth (Noomi Rapace) has breached his computer and is helping him out. Pieces to the puzzle fall into place, and it each new clue leads to a tale of men who hate women and enigma of “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”.

Good Points:

  • Excellent acting by the entire cast
  • The story does not pull its punches
  • Unravels at a measured pace

Bad Points:

  • A long movie that may move too slowly for some
  • Some of the characters and situations may be too disturbing for some viewers
  • They solution to the mystery is not a huge surprise


You want solid believable characters and a compelling story, this is the movie for you. Top notch acting pulls you into the tale and the measured pace gives you a chance to get a feel for the leads and their world. At nearly two and a half hours, you’ve got to be ready for some serious subtitle reading. But its well worth the effort.

Scores (out of 5)

Visuals: 4

Sound: 4

Music: 4

Acting: 5

Script: 4

Direction: 5

Entertainment: 4

Total: 4

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