The Girl with the Dragon TattooFebruary 27, 2009
A journalist is aided in his search for a woman who has been missing — or dead — for forty years by a young female hacker.
Release Year: 2009
Rating: 7.8/10 (70,470 voted)
Critic's Score: 76/100
Niels Arden Oplev
Stars: Michael Nyqvist, Noomi Rapace, 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 Vangers are a secretive clan, and Blomkvist and Salander are about to find out just how far they are prepared to go to protect themselves.
Writers: Nikolaj Arcel, Rasmus Heisterberg
Release Date: 27 February 2009
Filming Locations: Erstavik, Nacka, Stockholms län, Sweden
Opening Weekend: DKK 12,905,858
(1 March 2009)
(Extended Version) (Part 1 & 2)
Did You Know?
Noomi Rapace took her motorcycle license as a preparation for the movie.
The video camera that Lisbeth used to film Bjurman raping her, was one using a DV tape. However, after coming home Lisbeth turned on the camera and immediately watched the rape scene. In reality, she would have to rewind the tape first.
I've never done this before. Hold still, or it'll get messy.
Great Swedish thriller
This film was very well-made with superb cinematography. The actors all
portray their respective characters perfectly, although Noomi Rapace as
Lisbeth Salander, Michael Nyqvist as Michael Blomkvist and Sven-Bertil
Taube as Hanrik Vanger deserve a special mentioning. They are all very
likable and believable.
The films story is very exciting and puzzling (for those that haven't
read the book) and the pace is steady with some really tense
situations. The investigation part of the story is excellent. Although
it is 2.5 hours long it is never boring.
The soundtrack was also very fitting and helped to set the mood of the
film. This is far above any other Scandinavian thriller production, and
I look forward to the rest of the films/series.
I recommend it to anyone!