Written March 16, 2010
I got to see a screener of this movie last night. I compare it to Silence of the Lambs without the subtlety or the heart, if you can imagine. While the mystery aspect of this movie was excellent, an overly violent/graphic rape scene almost outweighs the good of the movie. I am never impressed with movies that simply re-enact sexual violence against women. I think there are better ways of character development than graphic reenactments. Worse, is the realization that the rape was gratuitous...it played such a minor role in the final outcome of the film and who the character became. It was obvious she had issues. It was obvious what those issues were. And then the director chooses to reinforce it again? AND it didn't play "that" big of a role in how the movie unfolded? Bad move. If you can stomach such scenes, then you will really enjoy this movie. But if scene like that haunt you, then think twice before seeing it. But IMO, subtlety is more effective than brute-force writing.
Written September 21, 2012
Loved the american version and was told I had to see the Swedish version. Great thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat and wanting more.
Written May 09, 2010
Having read the book, which was very detailed; I found the story line (w/few alterations) was right on. The plot built with parallel story lines, until the two merged and drove towards the climactic ending. Casting was "right on" for the book characters. Salander is believable and an enigma...Michael is professional and passionate. The book has one or two additonal storylines, but the film focused on the mystery of the 40 yr old disappearance of an industrial heiress. Only drawback was the English subtitles sometimes were difficult to read over the light background of some themes.
The cinematography is raw and of uber mature audience themes, including violence and sex...this film IS NOT for children or pre-teens. The shots of Sweden's countryside are beautiful.
The 2 1/2 hr movie goes by quickly with the amount of detail from each scene building to the movie's climax. Do not leave the theater, unless you have read the book, otherwise you will miss important details.AAA+
Written July 12, 2010
This is the best murder mystery/thriller I've seen since State of Play. Noomi Rapace is haunting as the Sybil like computer hacker Lisbeth Salander who comes together with Mikael Blomkvist (Mikael Nyqvist) to try and solve the disappearance of Harriet Langer more than fourty years ago.Lisbeth is troubled and mercurial but a genius while Blomkvist is up and optimistic even after being falsely convicted of libel. Blomqvist is also a genius sleuth himself.These two characters couldn't be more unlike , but they work together like yin and yang.Whether Lisbeth's vengeance is justified one has to decide for themselves , I believe you reap what you sow. The movie is kind of long , but it takes that much time to untie all the knots.If you like a good detective story with strong characters you'll like this movie.The scenes in Dragon Tattoo are sometimes troubling and disturbing but never contrived , and the story unfolds layer after layer. This one gets a thumbs-up.
Written July 25, 2010
Salander is a character that you either love to love or love to loathe. Readers of the trilogy will be proud of the acting of Noomi Rapace is just as expected playing the intelligent yet self-reliant Lisbeth. Blomkvist, played by Michael Nyqvist, although well-carried, does not display the vision of him that the reader sees. For the first time in a very long time, the reader will not leave the film in an uproar because of the great screenplay that was written. It was actually easier to get into the film that it was the first 90 pages of the book. All three films of the trilogy were created in the same year, for you Americans who believe great movies are only made in Hollywood. A television show in Sweden was also created called "Millenium." It is unfortunate that Hollywood will take over the trilogy as they should cast the rightful Salander as depicted by Rapace. Readers will not be disappointed and this film will NEVER be for children.