DVD Review: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

Regret brought us this..


After watching the film, I did a little research on author Stieg Larsson. Apparently he witnessed a gang rape as a young man and never intervened. He was full of regret and penned this trilogy, naming his heroine Lisbeth, the same as the victim.

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo follows a disgraced journalist Mikasel Blomkvist (Michael Nyqvist) who's facing jail time. He's offered an interesting assignment by a man named Henrik Vanger (Sven Bertil-Taube). Vanger wants him to find out what happened to his neice Harriet over 40 years ago. He thinks she was murdered, and that someone in his long list of dysfunctional family members is responsible. At the same time he's being followed by  hacker and all around bad-ass Lisbeth Salander (Noomi Rapace) Blomkvist eventually finds out Salander is following him, and persuades her to assist him.

I watched this movie based off of hype. I've never read the books, I never read a detailed synopsis of the film before watching it. I knew it would be gory, but I didn't expect it to be so hard to watch. There are some really, really graphic scenes that surprised and disturbed me. I actually muted my computer during a particular scene, if you've seen it you can probably guess which one I'm referring to. Underneath all that, it was a very good story that kept me interested until the very end. Even though it was hard to take, it was a great movie and the cast was excellent. Why Noomi Rapace isn't on more Oscar shortlists is beyond me. Unless she doesn't qualify? That could be the case.

Do you think David Fincher's remake will be as graphic? After viewing this, It's going to take a lot for it to hit the same emotional note as the original.

Recommended: Yes, but don't be like me and not read anything about it prior!

Grade: B

Memorable Quote: "You know everything about me, I don't know anything about you!" - Blomkvist

1 comment:

  1. This movie didn't really gel for me, but perhaps I should invest the time to see the trilogy before I make such an assumption?

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