Thursday, December 16, 2010

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - DVD Review

lll 1/2

Starring Michael Nyqvist, Noomi Rapace, Sven-Bertil Taube and Peter Haber.
Directed by Niels Adren Oplev.

I read the book, then saw the movie. Since the book was so fresh on my mind, I can say it's a pretty fatihful adaptation, skimming on some details to tighten up the story to stay under two and a half hours.

It's the adventures of Blomkvist and Salander, the best Swedish detective duo of the decade. Take out the word "Swedish" and that sentence is still true.

Mikael Blomkvist is a recently disgraced journalist, convicted of libel, who now has some time on his hands. He is summoned by Henrik Vanger, who happens to be the aging CEO of one of the country's largest companies. His niece disappeared 40 years ago, and he'd like a fresh set of eyes to see if he can't solve the mystery once and for all. His niece also happens to be Blomkvist's former babysitter.

Lisbeth Salander is a hacker, hired to do a background check on Blomkvist for the job. After she clears him, their stories run separately for a while, but she's mirrored Blomkvist's computer and gets intrigued by the mystery as well. Eventually they join forces.

Noomi Rapace is a revelation as Salander. She has a quiet ferociousness about her. She's moody, intelligent, quiet, angry, curious, the most complex female protagonist to come along in a while. She's that way in the book, and Rapace does her more than justice.

The US remake's coming with Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara, but don't let that dissuade you from seeing this version.

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