The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo 2009

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

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Its graphic violence and sprawling length will prove too much for some viewers to take, but Noomi Rapace's gripping performance makes The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo an unforgettable viewing experience.

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Wealthy Swedish recluse Henrik Vanger (Sven-Bertil Taube) needs closure. Forty years ago, his beloved niece disappeared, never to be seen again -- and circumstances have led him to believe that a member of his own repugnant family must be responsible. Vanger hires stoic journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Michael Nyqvist) and scrappy, chain-smoking hacker Lisbeth Salander (Noomi Rapace) to come to his island, dig deep into chilling family secrets and unmask the killer once and for all.

Cast & Crew

Michael Nyqvist
Mikael Blomkvist
Noomi Rapace
Lisbeth Salander
Lena Endre
Erika Berger
Peter Haber
Martin Vanger
Peter Andersson
Nils Bjurman
Marika Lagercrantz
Cecilia Vanger
Björn Granath
Gustav Morell
Per Oscarsson
Holger Palmgren
Rasmus Heisterberg
Writer (Screenplay)
Nikolaj Arcel
Writer (Screenplay)
Søren Stærmose
Producer
Jacob Groth
Original Music
Eric Kress
Cinematographer
Janus Billeskov Jansen
Film Editor
Leif Axel Kjeldsen
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Anne Østerud
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Critic Reviews for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

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Audience Reviews for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

  • Jun 06, 2014
    Based on the acclaimed novel, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a provocative noir thriller. The story follows disgraced journalist Mikael Blomkvist as he turns to a computer hacker in order to help him investigate the 40-year-old case of the disappearance/murder of a wealthy tycoon's granddaughter. The film does a particularly good job at creating an air of mystery, and at building suspense and tension as the investigation unfolds. The dark themes in the material are also handled impressively well. Additionally, Noomi Rapace gives an extraordinary performance that carries a sense of ambiguity and danger. While deeply disturbing, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a compelling film that's full of thrills.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 29, 2014
    The first installment of the internationally well-received Millennium Trilogy goes by the rules of classic mystery thrillers, but has enough substance and entertainment value to guarantee a suspenseful ride with aggressive material, assaulting imagery and grisly content to attract the attention of foreign masses. Some pacing problems can be found, as the film rushes things and underdevelops certain characters and situations, while excluding others that could only be found in Stieg Larsson's original novel. It shows that it was an adaptation originally planned as a six-episode miniseries, but decided to run theatrically trying to cover "the most important stuff". Nevertheless, the director was lucky enough to handle solid material. Released next to <i>El Secreto de sus Ojos</i>, it was not the thriller that stole worldwide credit as a great story, yet it should be seen for those that either plan to watch Fincher's version or already have. Ironically, this does not feel as a non-Hollywood quality film. All directing and screenwriting trademarks could be confused with the U.S. if the characters were not speaking Swedish. Maybe it was a job for Hollywood after all. Will Fincher do his job well two years later? We shall find out soon. Before that, however, there is a trilogy that needs to be completed. 69/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer
  • Jan 27, 2014
    Good but not as intense and captivating as the American version.
    Wildaly M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 25, 2013
    The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. I'd never read the book, but I went into watching this wondering if it would maybe be reminiscent of Red Dragon/Manhunter. Just, 'cause... you know, big dragon tattoos and stuff. Just to let everybody know, straight from the get go, I did actually like this movie. Quite a bit. But, when a film receives anywhere near as much "hype" as movies like The Girl With The Dragon tattoo did, then I have to come in extra harsh. So here it is, my review of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo! Adapting a book into a film is never easy, you either limit your creative freedom, or you ignore that and stray too far, then the fans of the book who'll be making up most of your audience will send you death threats and the like. Well probably most of them will just have a bit of a whinge, but you never know. I for one have not read the book, though my girlfriend has, and she told me many of the differences between the two mediums. Still, given that I've not read it personally, I'm reviewing the film as a stand alone. Lisbeth Salander (above right) is one of the films two main characters. She's a computer hacker and more or less a genius (not to mention very good looking). You never really find much about her out, and though I'm sure this was intentional (the the film is just one of a trilogy after all) I personally found it a little annoying. I like my characters relatable, particularly in a film as drama heavy as this. Still, Noomi Rapace acts the role perfectly, and I more or less was able to pass all annoyance I felt from her off as angsty youth-ness. Interestingly, the first half of the film is split between Lisbeth and another main character, Mikael. His story is about how he is disgraced journalist, hired by a wealthy businessmen to help locate his missing niece, who hasn't been seen in forty years. Apparently now is the time to get out the big guns. Dubious, but who am I to argue. Thinking about it now, the latter half of the film is about Lisbeth joining up with Mikael to help him continue to do what he was already doing. Which in my mind made Mikael more the major protagonist than the eponymous Lisbeth was. Also I'm quite certain he had more screen time. The Girl with the Dragon Tatto's half of the first half (quater?) is about her hacking Mikael's computer, (there was a reason for this I'm sure) and being raped by her legal guardian (above left). Seriously, this guy was a million times more creepy than the killer they're trying to track down the whole rest of the film, it honestly made it all rather anticlimactic. The movie had more short-comings. There's a bunch of Nazis, in real life you'd assume this is a bad thing sure, but usually they spice up a films bad-guy-liness. Here though it's like they've just been thrown in for the Hell of it. Also, it's possible that the whole Lisbeth/guardian rape thing and how she dealt with it was meant to be empowering, but honestly I think it toed the line far too closely to misogyny. Another reason I'm so surprised the film made in big in the US, I don't think I've ever heard so much critical acclaim for a movie with this much sexual violence. Of course I get that it's just a film, but it sure as Hell seems like the MPAA don't, so how'd it get such world-wide renown? Also on the bad, don't even bother trying to figure out "who-dunnit" in this "who-dunnit" film. Another case of crime thriller where the audience is purposefully left in the dark, then we're told what's going on point blank. I seriously couldn't even recall what half of the "mighta-dunnit" bad guys were doing in the story. If any of you have watched the extended edition of the Return of the King, you'll know what a great movie feels like when it just refuses to end, well, this is another shining example of exactly that. All that being said, let me take you back to the beginning. I do actually like this film, I think I managed to say almost everything bad about this movie that can be said. It's dark, it's brutal, it's emotional, it gets you thinking, it's beautiful and brilliant. Im sure a Hell of a lot of people out there would have some trouble stomaching this film, but if you can get past all that, (maybe concentrate on the subtitles if you're having a bad time) then there's no reason not to give it a go. I've seen worse, I've seen better, but I'm sure looking forward to opening up my copy of The Girl Who Played With Fire, and seeing where this all goes next. 78% -Gimly
    Gimly M Super Reviewer

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