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.