The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo [2009]

“The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” is a fantastic film to begin with, but not without its heroine, a 24 year old goth girl named lisbeth, with body piercings and tattoos. She’s small, smart, damaged and a computer hacker. Her attention is fixed on violence against women, in which her own presence is a repeated victim of. A group of thugs beat her, her guardian repeatedly rapes her, all with no general reason excpect the fact that she is a woman, living in a man’s world. Then we meet Michael, a disgraced reporter who is called upon by a member of the Vagner family to look into the disappearance of his niece Harriet some 40 years ago. We also learn that he suspects someone from his own family of murdering the girl, and is bent on discovering the truth before he dies of old age. Michael and Lisbeth join forces halfway through the film to solve the age-old mystery surrounding Harriet’s disappearance and the disturbing family connections they must uncover before the truth is finally revealed. “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” is the first of 3 films based on Stieg Larson’s trilogy of best selling books, and it really is a refreshing escape from Hollywood movies (though an american remake is already set for a december 2011 release). The remake might turn out to be a good film, but if I were you, I’d watch this version first. I can’t think of any actress who could fill in Noomi Rapace’s shoes and play lisbeth. Rapace, who was basically unknown before this film, became a star in her home country, and it’s easy to see why. She gives life to her character, and I was literally astonished by her tremendous performance. The score is another merit, constantly setting the mood, and reminding me of the equally outsdanding “The Ghost Writer” (one of my favorite films of 2010).

Look, the film’s excellent. It shines with a special brilliance I rarely get to see in thrillers nowadays, and I was amazed by it. It’s one of those movie experiences I’m bound to remember for a long time to come. But I’m still hoping for a solid american remake, and one that doesn’t add insult to inspiration. Fingers crossed.

Rating: 3.5/4

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    • Havent seen part 2 and 3 yet! But I will very soon. Dragon Tattoo was absolutely fantastic though. Loved it!

      • They’re both out… I was just able to buy the 2nd one from Bourj Hammoud and I got the 1st one from France.
        In the 2nd one, it revolves much more about her character. Very Interesting!

        Love your blog btw… the presentation and your interests in movies.
        Still loads of movies I’d like to know your opinion abt 😉 Mainly Asian movies, Iranian, or European classics…

      • hehe thx for the support! Well Im trying to review as many movies as i can. Mainly new ones lately. But im more into classic black and white films (be it american, european, asian, u name it).

        I couldn’t find the 2nd and 3rd movie yet. Im going back to borj hammoud this week and try to get them! I had a feeling that the 2nd one would revolve more around her character. And thats exactly what I wanted. Hopefully I will be able to review both very soon! Keep visitng 😀

  1. I’m not sure how Rooney Mara is going to fit in the role of Lisbeth Salander in the hollywood remake.. I’m worried she looks too “wholesome”. But then again, if you see Noomi Rapace on a normal day you couldn’t guess there is a Lisbeth Salander in there either..

    The people involved in the remake seem to be quite impressive though, from the crews of Fight Club, Seven, Gangs of New York, etc… It’d be fun to see how they’ll pronounce the names though in the American version, I’m pretty sure they’re going to twist them out of recognition.

    • I ceratinly hope so. I havent seen “The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest” yet, but I loved the first two movies. The Hollywood remake will be out in December. It will be interesting to compare the two, and to see how Rooney Mara will fit in the role of Lisbeth.

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