Monday, January 10, 2011

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)

A rogue reporter is hired by a wealthy business man to search for his missing niece, who he believes was murdered by one of the family members living on their island estate some forty years ago. Blomkvist receives anonymous tips on the case by a beautiful young computer hacker with a shrouded past that has been hired to track him. Together, they will uncover a series of murders spanning over four decades as they unravel the family's dark secrets. THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO is the first feature film to be made based on Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy, the top-selling novels out of Sweden. Niels Arden Oplev's thrilling adaptation combines the shock and suspense of THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS with the mystery and intrigue found in THE WICKER MAN. Noomi Rapace plays the street smart Lisbeth Salander, who is repeatedly brutalized by each of the men in her life. Despite Rapace's cold demeanor, she puts forth an electrifying performance as the strong and resourceful researcher with a vendetta against abusive men. She is joined by Michael Nyqvist, whose subtle but calculated maneuvers make him perfect for the role of Mikael Blomkvist. GIRL offers devastating displays of rape and violence that are never sanitized for public consumption. Larsson's contempt for these deplorable acts manifests through Lisbeth's character, who strikes back at her aggressors with a fiery vengeance. The novel is beautifully adapted for the screen, although Oplev is sure to ground the events in reality with his restrained shooting style. Only the ending feels rushed, where many of the unanswered questions are resolved in rapid succession. This tightly-wrought mystery is sure to entrance audiences as much as it shocks and disgusts, making THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO one of the best in 2009.

Rating: 9/10.

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  1. Yes, I am going to be one of those people that said the book was better. But oh, my this was a GREAT film. One of our favorites. Hoping they do the rest as well.....I mean as good.


  2. Now Froggie, I haven't read the books yet, was the ending of the film severely cut down due to the run time? It seemed odd that Lisbeth just drops that paper on the laptop and BAM the mystery is solved?

  3. is the main character a mix of Jodie Foster and Nicholas Cage? That is one funny looking person.

  4. I'd say more of an Ingrid Pitt / Anthony Hopkins ;)

  5. I still haven't read the books. I need to get on that. I have only seen this one, so I"m waiting to read your review of Played with Fire until I have seen it.

  6. It's ripe for the borrowing on (gasp) DVD! Course good ol Netflix has it sitting on Instant as well

  7. Carl, I'm depending on you here: are these movie worth watching?

    Nice to be back in the horror blog realm, by the way. Like the (new) header!

  8. Dude Chris, how the hell ya been man! Been a while, thanks for stopping by! I've been cleaning up things on here for a while now, trying to legitimize the site as much as possible.

    They are a long watch at 2 1/2 and 2hrs a piece, but I really enjoyed them. It actually sucks because the 2hrs doesnt seem like enough, I keep wanting more, so I hope the final chapter wraps things up nicely so that there is no disappointment in the end. I say its a 100% go for it, at least for a single viewing. I am very interested in finding out if the American remakes will be remakes of the films or brand new adaptations of the novels, which could potentially be drastically different film versions. We shall see shortly!

  9. It's good to be back! I've been great. You? Nice to see that Carl, horror's most indefatigable fan, is evolving nicely!

    Re: Movies: All right, then, I'll check them out!


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