“Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” a cold-case chiller
Posted: 21 March 2010 04:46 AM     [ Ignore ]  
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LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) Ė Revolving around an investigative reporter and his unlikely crime-solving partner, Swedish journalist Stieg Larsson’s posthumous Millennium trilogy of novels were not so much best-sellers as international publishing phenomena.

The film adaptation of the first book, “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” is, like its source material, at once formula thriller, scathing social commentary and dark history lesson. But it’s also a more eloquent work; smartly condensing the novel’s sprawl, the feature forgoes prosaic detail for cinematic vigor. The result is a character-driven mystery of considerable emotional power, often harrowing and always compelling.

The film broke box office records in Scandinavia, where it opened a year ago and where the two subsequent movies in the series already have been released. Stateside, the Music Box-distributed “Tattoo,” which opens March 19, will attract not only fans of the book but art-house patrons drawn by strong reviews.

For all his insight on finance and politics, muckraker Larsson’s most indelible creation is the title character, a 24-year-old goth fury named Lisbeth Salander, who has a genius for computer hacking and no interest in—or capacity for—quotidian niceties. In a stunning performance, Noomi Rapace fully inhabits the role, making Lisbeth’s sullen and righteous anger evident in her every glance (she’s a woman of few words). The nose-ringed beauty is fascinating because she’s far more than the sum of her troubled past, which is divulged gradually. She’s one of the story’s two truth-seekers, intent on exposing abuses of power; the other is financial journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Michael Nyqvist). Other than digitally, their paths don’t cross until more than an hour into the film.

As the story opens, Mikael has been convicted of libeling a corporate chieftain, and Lisbeth has been surveiling him for a client in her capacity as a researcher. He discovers that she’s tapping into his laptop and enlists her help in solving a 40-year-old murder. Their investigation takes place in the atmospheric northern chill of Hedeby Island, where Mikael has accepted a lucrative job to fill the months before he begins his jail sentence.

Octogenarian industrialist Henrik Vanger (Sven-Bertil Taube), patriarch of a family he despises, wants a last shot at uncovering who among his relatives killed his beloved niece Harriet, a teen who disappeared from the island at a family gathering four decades earlier.

A who’s who of the Vanger clan, replete with alcoholics, indifferent parents and card-carrying Nazis, is at first a staggering pileup of information, but screenwriters Rasmus Heisterberg and Nikolaj Arcel and director Niels Arden Oplev (“Portland”) turn the exposition into a life force—from the Internet to hidden cameras, technology is a character in its own right.

Digging into the archives of the local newspaper, Mikael finds grainy images of 16-year-old Harriet on the day of her disappearance. Computer software enables him to animate the snapshots, and the result is a haunting update of Antonioni’s photographic mystery in “Blow-Up” (a film released the same year as the fictional Harriet’s disappearance). Manipulation of photos gives way to evidence: Across a 1966 summer crowd, Harriet seems to be facing her murderer.

Monsters walk among us, and their crimes are extreme in this bleak yet not-quite-hopeless story, whose Swedish title’s literal translation is “Men Who Hate Women.” Lisbeth, clearly no stranger to abuse, never is merely a victim. When she turns the tables on the latest monster (Peter Andersson) in her life, there’s no real sense of triumph. The film refuses to pawn off false notions of redemption. It isn’t, however, above the hoariest of whodunit conventions (the killer takes ample time to explain his crimes to his next target).

Although it sometimes stretches credulity, the 153-minute film doesn’t feel overlong. Fine performances, especially Rapace’s, ignite this cold case, and the clean widescreen cinematography never betrays the project’s small-screen origins.
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Posted: 24 April 2010 01:58 AM   [ # 1 ]     [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]  
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AWESOME MOVIE!! Saw a sneak preview tonight and knew nothing about the plot going into it.

Very graphic and violent but itís an integral part of the plot and the actors were SO well cast & believable. VERY WELL DONE.

Donít miss this one!!!

whoever says that are just people who don’t see a wide range of international movies, it has nothing to do if they’re American—that’s just an affiliation. I’m American, but I’m also half Chinese, fluent in French, and learning Russian so I see a lot of international films and like them equally. You could technically be American but still not care to associate with the stereotype. Either way, it depends on the person, not the country.

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Posted: 25 April 2010 05:29 AM   [ # 2 ]     [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]  
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The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire and then The Girl Who Kicked the Hornetsí Nest the final book in Stieg Larssonís posthumously published Millennium trilogy seals his status as a master storyteller. I have read all the three and no idea how the movie goes…. hope to success

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Posted: 27 April 2010 12:02 PM   [ # 3 ]     [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]  
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The LA Times said that the Girl With the Dragon Tattoo movie is a mind-bending and mesmerizing thriller that takes its time unlocking one mystery only to uncover another, all to chilling and immensely satisfying effect. For me, this movie is not bad at all…

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Posted: 19 May 2010 05:33 AM   [ # 4 ]     [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]  
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Mikael finds grainy images of 16-year-old Harriet on the day of her disappearance. just people who donít see a wide range of international movies

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Posted: 20 May 2010 01:19 AM   [ # 5 ]     [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]  
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I have read all the three and no idea how the movie goesÖ. hope to success

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Posted: 23 June 2010 03:58 AM   [ # 6 ]     [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]  
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Monsters walk among us, and their crimes are extreme in this bleak yet not-quite-hopeless story, whose Swedish title‚Äôs literal translation is ‚ÄúMen Who Hate Women.‚ÄĚ Lisbeth, clearly no stranger to abuse, never is merely a victim. When she turns the tables on the latest monster (Peter Andersson) in her life, there‚Äôs no real sense of triumph. The film refuses to pawn off false notions of redemption. It isn‚Äôt, however, above the hoariest of whodunit conventions .

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Posted: 11 June 2011 05:12 PM   [ # 7 ]     [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]  
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I also watched this movie with my friends. I liked movie but i think book version was better than movie. “Girl with the dragon tattoo” is a great novel. I have read it. It’s really mind blowing.

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Posted: 15 August 2011 11:53 AM   [ # 8 ]     [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]  
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great film but i definitely preefered the books

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Posted: 12 October 2011 02:58 PM   [ # 9 ]     [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]  
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I can’t wait to buy james bond dvds a lot of great shows don’t get past a certain amount of seasons yet this show gets a 5th !

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