The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo: Movie Review
Cast: Michael Nyqvist, Noomi Rapace
Director: Niels Arden Oplev
Based on the first of the popular Millennium trilogy books by Swedish author
Stieg Larsson, this adaptation sees Michael Nyqvist playing an idealistic
Swedish journalist Mikael Blomkvist who's called in to investigate a family
Blomkvist's just lost a libel case and has plenty of time on his hands - so
he's drawn into the disappearance of a 16 year old niece of a wealthy CEO from
40 years ago.
As Blomkvist digs deeper, he's followed by a cyber hacker Lisbeth Salander
(Rapace) who believes she has what it takes to help him solve the case.
However, as the case progresses, there are more skeletons in the closet
waiting to come out - and both parties have plenty to lose as their respective
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo is a slow burning thriller - despite the
beauty of the desolate white Swedish landscapes, there's very little beauty in
the thick complicated plot. And in Lisbeth's case, thanks to abuse and some
pretty horrific scenes, the darkness is as black as it comes.
It's that darkness which may scare some off - it's not an easy watch. But
it'd be wrong to write off the Girl With The Dragon Tattoo - it's a challenging
and complex film which requires a depth of intelligence from its viewers to keep
Both Nyqvist and Rapace are good in their morally complex roles - you are
never really 100% sure who's to be trusted and who you should be cheering for -
in fact Lisbeth's character may end up polarizing some even if she is an
anti-heroine in the style of the Sopranos - but it's these flaws and foibles
which make The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo compelling to watch.
The ultimate denouement (which finally comes after a mammoth 150 minutes)
leads to a clutch of unanswered questions. It's these which may tempt you back
to rewatch the film to see if there's anything you've missed - and, to say the
least, the door appears to be well and truly open for the second and third books
to be made into films.
Nyqvist and Rapace make odd bedfellows and an uneasily odd partnership -
however, if both are on board for the sequels, I'll be back to see how this
trilogy pans out.