Based on a popular crime novel by the late Swedish author Stieg Larsson (the first of a trilogy), and the inspiration for an upcoming, big-budget Hollywood remake, THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO (2009), is a remarkable, twisty thriller, with an intriguing pair of protagonists.
A discredited journalist named Mikael Blomkvist (Michael Nyqvist) is hired by a businessman named Vanger (Peter Haber) to investigate the disappearance of his niece - who vanished forty years ago on a small island during a family gathering. Mikael teams up with Lisbeth Salander (Noomi Rapace), a pretty, young, asocial, tattooed computer hacker with a checkered past, and they soon find themselves embroiled in the dark and deadly secrets of the powerful Vanger family.
Stylishly directed by Niels Arden Oplev, and exceptionally well-photographed by cinematographers Jens Fischer and Eric Kress, THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO is an engaging mystery thriller with a fair number of surprises and shocks, and I can see why the books - which I have not read - have achieved international popularity. The Swedish cast is uniformly excellent in their roles, especially Nyqvist and Rapace in the leads. It will be interesting to see who ends up in these roles in the American remake.
Music Box Films has brought THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO to U.S. home video with a very solid, if basic, DVD release. The disc sports a very nice 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer and the Swedish audio in Dolby Digital. Optional English subtitles are provided.
THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO is an involving and entertaining film mystery anchored by a pair of fascinating characters. If you enjoy the genre and have read the books - or even if you haven't - you might want to check it out before Hollywood gets their hands on the material.
BUY: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo