The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

(Sweden, 2009, 152 minutes)

There’s no doubt about it.  One of the greatest attractions of Danish filmmaker Niels Arden Oplev’s thriller is its hard-nosed female heroine, Lisabeth Salander.  Played by Noomi Rapace, Salander is the 24-year old heavily tattooed and socially dysfunctional computer hacker who helps solve the 40-year-old cold case of teenager Harriet Vanger’s disappearance.  Based on the first novel in Stieg Larsson's best-selling Millennium trilogy, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo begins with a seemingly unrelated criminal intrigue as forty-something reporter Mikael Blomkvist (Michael Nyqvist) is charged with libel and sentenced to six months in prison for exposing the unsubstantiated shady dealings of a corrupt financier.  The film moves at a brisk pace as hero and heroine ultimately join forces, facing no shortage of edge-of-your-seat dangers as they untangle the truth behind a series of long-neglected case files.  The film’s setting, a remote Swedish island that limits the number of potential suspects in classic Agatha Christie fashion, adds to its chilling look and visual elegance. David Fincher, who is currently working on an American adaptation of Larsson’s narrative, will face a tall task if he hopes to improve upon the engrossing Swedish original. Synopsis Author: April Miller

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