“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.