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Friday, August 31, 2012

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (Män som hatar kvinnor) by Niels Arden Oplev, 2009 (R)

with Michael Nyqvist (MI4: Ghost Protocol), Noomi Rapace (Prometheus), Sven-Bertil Taube, Peter Haber, Lena Endre, Peter Andersson, Marika Lagercrantz, Ingvar Hirdwall, Björn Granath, Ewa Fröling

"Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared from a family gathering on the island owned and inhabited by the powerful Vanger clan. Her body was never found, yet her uncle is convinced it was murder and that the killer is a member of his own tightly knit but dysfunctional family. He employs disgraced financial journalist Mikael Blomkvist and the tattooed, ruthless computer hacker Lisbeth Salander to investigate. When the pair link Harriet's disappearance to a number of grotesque murders from almost forty years ago, they begin to unravel a dark and appalling family history. But the Vanger's are a secretive clan, and Blomkvist and Salander are about to find out just how far they are prepared to go to protect themselves." IMDB

April 25, 2010: The characters are very good. At first, you feel very detached from them. There is this distance due probably to this rough aesthetic of the movie, with high contrast, very few colors around the blueish. And the ambient is as cold as the color, with a violence that goes beyond the acts of violence. The background of the story is dark, and stay dark until the end. With an inch of dark humor. Little by little the thriller takes over the characters and perhaps, the shortcuts that the movie had to make to fit in the length of the movie makes it a little bit surreal. This is where you get a chance to detach yourself a little bit from the story. Too bad. The ending makes it a perfect story and you realize that you may want to read the book. Instead.

Update August 2012: David Fincher made an American remake since that simplified the emotions to the essence, missing the point of the character of Lisbeth Salander. I really recommend you to watch the original Swedish version!

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