Friday, May 7, 2010

Movie Review: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

I am not a big fan of Foreign Language films with English subtitles. I always seem to get lost somewhere between reading and trying to watch the action. But this time was very different and I believe it is because I read the book first, in English of course!

This is the first book in The Millenium Trilogy. I found it a bit difficult to get into in the beginning. But then the action picked up and the mystery was revealed. The hero. Michael Blomkvist, is introduced and he is a reporter and has lost a libel suit brought against him and sentenced to a three-month jail sentence. He is also being investigated by an all-star young hacker, Lisbeth, who actually believes in his innocence.

Michael is then contacted by Mr. Vanger, a retired industrialist, whose last wish is to find his favorite niece who disappeared some 40 years ago and presumed dead. The lives of these people are intertwined and the history uncovered is as twisted as an old tree. Michael and Lisbeth also team up eventually and her past and present seem to start to merge as they uncover the truth of Harriet Vanger's mystery.

I give the Swedish film five stars! It is still playing on the screen in the smaller art theaters and it has a much bigger impact in the theater. Since I had read the book, reading the names, places and other information was easier to concentrate on the movements on the screen. If you miss it in the theater buy it and the trilogy and get ready for intrigue and suspense.

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