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Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, The (2009)

Director(s): Niels Arden Oplev

Theatrical Release: 2009

Cast: Michael Nyqvist, Noomi Rapace, Lena Endre, Sven-Bertil Taube, Peter Haber, Peter Andersson

Genre(s): Thriller, crime, mystery

Countries: Sweden


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Running Time: 152m.

A discredited journalist and a mysterious computer hacker discover that even the wealthiest families have skeletons in their closets while working to solve the mystery of a 40-year-old murder. Inspired by late author Stieg Larsson's successful trilogy of books, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo gets under way as Mikael Blomkvist and Lisbeth Salander are briefed in the disappearance of Harriet Vanger, whose uncle suspects she may have been killed by a member of their own family. The deeper Mikael and Lisbeth dig for the truth, however, the greater the risk of being buried alive by members of the family who will go to great lengths to keep their secrets tightly sealed. (allmovie.com)

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DVD Special Features:

! Interview with Naomi Rapace

! The Vanger Family Tree

! Theatrical Trailer

Member Reviews


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80% character study 20%detective work by Geek_Warfare - September 27, 2010
The girl with the dragon tattoo advertises it's self as a dark and brooding detective story. In reality what you have is more of a character piece with a detective story in the background.

For the first hour of the film the missing woman, the grizzly murder, even the investigation is all thrown to the backseat. What you have instead is a stereotypical troubled subculture twenty something dealing with a social worker who has less than innocent intent for lisbeth.

While this is happening lisbeth slowly becomes infatuated with the journalist she is paid to spy on who is investigating the missing woman case.

When the story finally shift gears from the rebellious subculture youth to the actual missing woman,It becomes almost irrelevant to who did it or why.

The main problem with this film isnt the context, the character or the story (from what i understand its relatively accurate to the book).

The problem is simply that the film makers did not set up the necessary balance between the character development and the story its self.

Fans of the book will enjoy watching this story come to life. Fans of detective stories will be sorely disappointed.
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Beg to Differ... by C00003124 - March 9, 2011
Having seen this 1st installment from the acclaimed Steig Larsson trilogy BEFORE having even read the 1st book (usually the other way round in my case...), I didn't know anything about who was who or what was what.
This was not a detraction in this instance, however, as I was led into an ever-expanding character study and off-the-wall who-dunnit. The film quality is not quite 'Hollywood polished', and there is something in having to read subtitles as the quick-speaking Swedish dialogue skitters along, but all in all - this film strongly introduces and develops the characters of Lisbeth Salander, Mikael Blomkvist, Henrik Vanger, and others.
Not being familiar with the story, I was shocked at times, had more than a few moments where I smiled in satisfaction, and mostly always stayed on the edge of my seat wondering 'what's next??!'
Having since re-watched it after reading the book, I was again impressed by the accurate and faithful representation of the book with regard to characters, setting, and pace. I can't speak for the next 2, but this is one hell of a ride.
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