The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
Based on the award-winning, best-selling Millennium trilogy, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo takes a look at the fictional Vanger dynasty and an event that took place over 40 years ago. During a family get together, on an island owned and inhabited by this powerful but dysfunctional family, Harriet Vanger disappears without a trace. Her uncle is convinced that it was murder, and that the murderer is a member of the family, but hasn’t been able to find out who. Now drawing near to the end of his life he employs disgraced journalist Mikael Blomkvist and a tattooed, ruthless computer hacker, Lisbeth Salander, to investigate and uncover the truth to this mystery that has haunted him all these years.
Of course, other members of the Vanger clan are not too happy to have strangers snooping about in their back yard, especially as they are all waiting for the chance to take control of the family company when Harriet’s uncle passes.
Adding to this both Mikael and Lisbeth’s own personal problems and you have the making for a taught little thriller that covers some intense issues.
It’s probably good to add here that there are a couple of scenes that are, quite honestly, very brutal. They are scenes that may put some people off finishing the rest of the film. It had me wondering what on earth I was watching, but fortunately I had heard great things about this film, so kept on watching. My perseverance was rewarded with a compelling story that twists and turns, never allowing you to fully realise the direction it finally takes until the guilty parties are brought to light, but even then still has a few surprises up it’s sleeve.
The characters are rough and honest, with a cast and direction that brings them to life, drawing you in to the point where you hang on their every action. Despite (or maybe because of) it’s subtitles and unknown actors, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo weaves it’s magic on you and manages to do what no movie has done for a while; it satisfies you as a stand alone film, but has you salivating for the next installment of the trilogy.
Reviewed by: Jonathan Read
Release date: April 22nd, 2010
Stars: Michael Nyqvist, Noomi Rapace
Length (Minutes): 150
Brand: Millennium trilogy
Director: Oplev, Niels Arden
Studio: Vendetta Films