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The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
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07.15.2010 By: Chris Bumbray
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Director:
Niels Adren Oplev

Actors:
Michael Nyqvist
Noomi Rapace

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A disgraced investigative journalist- Michael Bloomkvist (Michael Nyqvist) is hired by the elderly head of a massive Swedish conglomerate, to investigate the disappearance of his niece- who vanished forty years ago. He’s aided in his search by a rebellious computer hacker- Lisbeth Salander (Noomi Repace), with a tortured past.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
For the last few months, I’ve been obsessed with the late Stieg Larsson’s “Millenium” trilogy. As I write this, I’m about halfway through the third and final book in the series- and I can’t remember the last time a series of novels that have gripped me so thoroughly.

Living in Montreal, I’m actually a late-comer to the MILLENIUM trilogy, as they were popular here long before they ever came out in North America. All three Swedish film adaptations of the novels have already been released here- although they’ve never been available with English subtitles. My French is pretty good, but I wanted to wait until the English subtitled versions were available, and at long last- I’ve finally gotten my hands on the first installment- THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO.

While all three books are excellent- DRAGON TATTOO is my personal favorite. As an adaptation, this is pretty damn good. Although most of the supporting characters have been axed in order to bring this to a manageable length, the filmmakers managed to keep the flavor, and most of the intrigue of the book intact. The focus here is squarely on Salander and Bloomkvist, and both Repace and Nykvist are perfect. In fact, they’re so good, I wonder if, in the inevitable American adaptation, director David Fincher will be able to nail the casting the way they did here.

If you haven’t read the “Millennium” novels, you might have a bit of a hard time following the mystery which comes across a tad more convoluted onscreen than it did on the page. You might want to do a little pausing, and rewinding- but, like the books, this is less about the mystery, and more about the chemistry between Bloomkvist & Salander, who make a terrific crime solving duo (my biggest issue with the next two books is that Salander , and Bloomkvist spend too much time apart).

THE EXTRAS
There’s only a few extras here- with an indepth interview with Noomi Repace being the only really noteworthy extra. Repace’s English is flawless, so if the American version ever actually gets off the ground, I think they should just give her the role- as there’s no way anyone will be able to improve on her tremendous performance.

Otherwise, we get trailers for this, and the follow-up, THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE; as well as the Vanger family tree which will be useful if you didn’t read the novel, and are having trouble keeping track of who sired who in the tortured Vanger clan.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
While I still prefer the books, THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO is an excellent adaptation. After watching this, I’m dying to see the other two films- although, if you want the full “Millennium” experience, you need to read the books first.
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