Saturday, 12 June 2010

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo: DVD Review

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo: DVD Review

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
Released by Vendetta Films
Rating: R16

So the first part of the Millennium phenomenon finally arrives on DVD.

Stieg Larsson's trio of books have captured the Kiwi minds with practically everyone reading them on buses, trains and wherever there is spare time.

This adaptation sees Michael Nyqvist playing an idealistic Swedish journalist Mikael Blomkvist who's called in to investigate a family crime.

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 (Noomi 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 nooses tighten.

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 an interesting start to the trilogy and while it may be more loved by fans of the books than the general public, now's the time to jump in and see what the fuss is about.

Extras: Trailers, a peek at the 2nd film, The Girl Who Played With Fire, image gallery and music featurette are relatively weak fodder given how popular the series is becoming.

Rating: 7/10

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