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The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (DVD)

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Fans of Stieg Larsson'sMen Who Hate Womenmay have been concerned about how the Swedish author's novel would translate to the screen, but they needn't have worried. Significant changes to the source material have been made, but director Niels Arden Opley'sThe Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, as it's now called, is mostly riveting. As the story begins, middle-aged investigative journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Michael Nyqvist) has just been convicted of a bogus charge of libel against a rich and corrupt corporate hotshot when he's unexpectedly offered a most unusual gig. An aging captain of industry named Henrik Vanger (Sven-Bertil Taube) wants Blomkvist to figure out what happened to Vanger's niece, who disappeared more than 40 years earlier; not only is the old man convinced that she was murdered, but he suspects that another member of his large and rather disagreeable family (which includes several former Nazis) is the culprit. Blomkvist takes the job, which includes spending at least six months on Vanger's isolated island in the middle of winter. But what he doesn't know is that he's being spied on by twentysomething Lisbeth Salander (brilliantly played by Noomi Rapace in a career-making performance), the titular Girl and the possessor of remarkable skills as a sleuth and computer hacker. With her gothlike piercings and all-black clothes, Lisbeth is a vivid character, to say the least. While we don't exactly know the details of her dark ... read more
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Smart, edgy, eerie and a brainy puzzle. But I was struck-back by the darkness of the material.


Directed by Danish filmmaker Niels Arden Oplev, this film is an engrossing, old school suspenseful story of an investigative journalist who teams up with a goth computer hacker to solve the 40yr old case of a missing young woman from the decidedly wealthy (and creepy) Swedish Vanger family.
I didn't read the book but the film is smart, edgy, eerie and surprising. I'm not often surprised by scripts but this one is a brainy puzzle. But I was struck-back by the darkness of the material. Several of the narrative's storylines deal with the abuse of women...that being said, the violence is hardly the most notable aspect of the film. There's also a quiet handling of multiple plot threads that only emphasizes the developing thrills of the story.
Although not Hollywood today, I was reading that there are plans of an American version of "Tattoo," directed by David Fincher. Watch it before a Brad Pitts or Johnny Depp ruin a suspense-thriller with gloss and glam.

July 12th
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