Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

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Director: Niels Arden Oplev

Cast: Michael Nyqvist, Noomi Rapace, Lena Endre

     
 

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A discredited journalist and a mysterious computer hacker discover that even the wealthiest families have skeletons in their closets while working to solve the mystery of a 40-year-old murder. Inspired by late author Stieg Larsson's successful trilogy of books, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo gets under way as Mikael Blomkvist and Lisbeth Salander are briefed

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A discredited journalist and a mysterious computer hacker discover that even the wealthiest families have skeletons in their closets while working to solve the mystery of a 40-year-old murder. Inspired by late author Stieg Larsson's successful trilogy of books, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo gets under way as Mikael Blomkvist and Lisbeth Salander are briefed in the disappearance of Harriet Vanger, whose uncle suspects she may have been killed by a member of their own family. The deeper Mikael and Lisbeth dig for the truth, however, the greater the risk of being buried alive by members of the family who will go to great lengths to keep their secrets tightly sealed.

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Adapting a best-seller for the screen is normally a safe bet for a studio, but a decidedly risky proposition for a director. While there is a considerable built-in audience that is virtually guaranteed to buy a ticket, many of those viewers are predisposed to criticize the film because of its inevitable differences from the book. While the most dedicated fans of Stieg Larsson's international best-seller The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo will find enough discrepancies in Niels Arden Oplev's film to help them achieve their nitpicking fix, it is difficult to imagine anyone exiting the theater feeling disappointed by this riveting thriller. Regardless of the story, readers know that the film will succeed or fail on the basis of its depiction of the book's most memorable character, the punk-rock Sherlock Lisbeth Salander, an investigator extraordinaire who prefers black leather, a spiked collar, and Doc Martens to her predecessor's cape coat, deerstalker hat, and loafers. Lisbeth is utterly embodied by Swedish starlet Noomi Rapace, who did a "De Niro" to prepare for the role by getting several real piercings, studying kickboxing and motorcycle riding, and losing a dangerous amount of weight to shrink into Lisbeth's skinny frame. Beneath the stoic composure required by Salander's extreme social estrangement, Rapace masterfully conveys her character's complex mixture of violence and vulnerability, often using only expression, gesture, and tone. Rapace's presence as Lisbeth is more of a manifestation than a performance, an astonishing achievement that is even more impressive considering the overwhelming global expectations for the role. Danish director Niels Arden Oplev (To Verdener) does an equally impressive disappearing act, as he resists the urge to immerse Larsson's pitch-dark plot with superfluous violence and cinematic flash. The film features one searing scene of a vicious assault against Salander that is absolutely harrowing and hard to watch, but Oplev (and Larsson) later reverse the positions of power to produce one of the most memorable scenes of redemptive violence in film history. These two scenes are so skillfully balanced against one another that their resonance of male aggression and its repercussions carries through the rest of the film, allowing Oplev to forego the necessity for further graphic depictions. After establishing this tone of grim urgency, the director uses the tools of his trade to meticulously heighten the tension and embellish the literary plot with injections of pure cinema, such as when Mikael Blomkvist (played with sedate determination by Michael Nyqvist) uses new technology to conjure a ghost from a series of old photographs. As the protagonists dig deeper into the central mystery, the scope and gravity of the crime accumulates and the pressure builds to a striking climax that flirts with Hollywood convention just long enough to enhance the shock and delight of its eventual vicissitude. Those who have never read The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo will be mesmerized by the addictive mystery at its center, involving Nazis, biblical murders, and a family that forever redefines dysfunction. Those who already know the solution to the mystery can still relish Noomi Rapace's impeccable rendition of Lisbeth Salander while they scrutinize the screen for disparities that might drag it down below the novel on the imaginary scale of universal artistic quality. But this outstanding film is all that could be hoped for from such a prominent adaptation, which means that there will be plenty of room beneath it on that artistic scale for the inevitable Hollywood remake.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/06/2010
UPC:
0705105743455
Original Release:
2009
Rating:
R
Source:
Music Box Films
Time:
2:32:00
Sales rank:
1,762

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michael Nyqvist Mikael Blomkvist
Noomi Rapace Lisbeth Salander
Lena Endre Erika Berger
Sven-Bertil Taube Henrik Vanger
Peter Haber Martin Vanger
Peter Andersson Nils Bjurman
Marika Lagercrantz Cecilia Vanger
Ingvar Hirdwall Dirch Frode
Bjorn Granath Gustav Morell
Ewa Fröling Harriet Vanger
Per Oscarsson Holger Palmgren
Michalis Koutsogiannakis Dragan Armanskij
Annika Hallin Annika Giannini
Sofia Ledarp Malin Eriksson
Thomas Kohler Plauge
David Dencik Janne Dahlman
Stefan Sauk Hans-Erik Wennerstrom
Gösta Bredefeldt Harald Vanger
Fredrik Ohlsson Gunnar Brannlund
Jacob Ericksson Christer Malm
Gunnel Lindblom Isabella Vanger
Reuben Sallmander Enrico Giannini
Yasmine Garbi Mimmi Wu
Margareta Stone Birgit Falk
Christian Fiedler Otto Falk
Gyorgi Staykov Alexander Zalachenko
Nina Norén Agneta Salander
Emil Almén Polis i Dalarna
Louise Ryme Receptionist
Pale Olofsson Domare
Mikael Rahm Bildredaktor
Willie Andréason Birger Vanger
Jan Mybrand Ekonomichef
Lennart R. Svensson Polisman i skogen
Carl Oscar Törnros Huliganer
Kalled Mustonen Huliganer
Henrik Knutsson Huliganer
Barbro Enberg Äldre dam
Ola Wallinder Miltontekniker
Alexandra Pascalidou Kvinnlig TV Reporter
Siewert Öholm Programledare
Theilla Bladh Ung Lisbeth
Laura Lind Jennie Giannini
Isabella Isacson Monica Giannini
Richard Franc Gottfried Vanger
Magnus Stenius Plit

Technical Credits
Niels Arden Oplev Director
Nicolaj Arcel Screenwriter
Tobias Åstrom Production Manager
Daniel Chilla Asst. Director
Jenny Fred Makeup
Jacob Groth Score Composer
Rasmus Heisterberg Screenwriter
Anders Hörling Sound/Sound Designer
Janus Billeskov Jansen Editor
Jannus Billeskov Jansen Editor
Eric Kress Cinematographer
Tusse Lande Casting
Anne Osterud Editor
Cilla Rorby Costumes/Costume Designer
Niels Sejer Production Designer
Soren Staermose Producer

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The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 54 reviews.
witte59 More than 1 year ago
I had the opportunity of seeing the Swedish film version of "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" in its limited release in New York. I had read Steig Larsson's novel, and it is the best books I have read this year. That being said, I must say that the film is much better than the book. The Millenium Triology films have been shown on Swedish television, each book being a two-part movie. Having read that there are plans to remake this as a Hollywood production is a disappointment. Rumored for the part of journalist Mikael Blomkvist are "pretty boys" Clooney, Depp, and Pitt, and rumoured for the part of Lisbeth Salander are Carey Mulligan and Kristen Stewart. After seeing the Swedish version, in my opinion, it would be extremely difficult to see anyone other than actors Michael Nyqvist and Noomi Rapace in these roles. The American version would benefit from getting Ms. Rapace to reprise her role as Lisbeth, and perhaps the accomplished actor Viggo Mortensen in the role of Blomkvist. Like the book, the film contains graphic sexual violence. However, it is not gratuitous, but serves to drive the narrative forward, and to underscore the alarming rate of sexual violence toward women in Sweden, one of the novel's underlying social themes. If you can find this movie in the theatre, please seek it out. If not, I would highly recommend owning the DVD.
BaroqueRose More than 1 year ago
Please disregard all negative reviews of this film. It is phenomenal, and extremely well put together... just like all of the novels. My high expectations were met with each character (especially Salander), above and beyond what I thought was possible. Take the time to watch each movie of this series if you love the books, you won't regret it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the book first and felt that this film followed it as closely as a two hour film can. Even as a foreign film I felt that I could connect with all the characters and found the whole film riviting!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all of the books and found the movie great to watch, I will not view the American version when it comes out, this was too close to the feeling of the books in cast and setting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have not yet read Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy, but after seeing this movie I will be reading them starting tomorrow. I found the overall plot exciting, gripping and intense. As mentioned in other reviews, this movie has several gritty scenes so it may not be for the faint at heart audience. Fans of crime novels will probably enjoy this series.
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I decided that I would watch this movie before I read the book because the book was getting such good reviews. I didn't even know what it was supposed to be about, and the fact that it was an investigation kind of surprised me. From the start I had no idea what was going on. That didn't change as the movie went on either. I still don't exactly know what a lot of the movie was about. The only thing that I really understood about this movie was that they were trying to uncover what happened to this girl. I have no idea how the very end played into the whole movie though...it just seemed really random. Let's just say that somewhere I read a review and it said that the movie was better than the book, I think the movie sucks so I'm definitely not going to read it.
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so_death_bye More than 1 year ago
when i first put the movie in it was in swedis. then i pressed a butten then it was in english. it was good and had you guessing untill the verry end. i cant belive ther making. an american remake would it even be the same. but others may not like the movie if you read the book. as i say if you read the books, the the movie is always shiz most of the time.
Reader734 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this movie despite the fact that I had to read it. The only bad thing I can think of is that the movie skipped around according to the book, but really what movie thats based off a book doesn't? the actors were phenomonal and the setting was exactly as I pictured it.
Taurussun More than 1 year ago
The movie is good, however I can see people getting confused specially if they have not read the book. Of course the book is so much better, they changed scenes around and some scenes are slighty different from the way is written in the book. They don't mention Millenium, the magazine, nearly as much as they should. They concentrated in Harriet and the Vanger family and left too much out about Wennerstrom. It's hard for me when I have to read the subtitles so I got a bit confused at times, specially because it was very fast paced and it was hard for me to keep up. But none-the-less it's a good movie and it's worth to see.
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