Frequently cited as “the most popular European film of 2009”, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, is based on Stieg Larsson’s international best-selling novel. The story begins with the multitude of legal problems facing Mikael Blomkvist, a well-respected watchdog journalist who has found himself outmaneuvered when the tables are turned on him by the well-connected subject of his most recent expose`.
In the aftermath of the debacle Mikael is hired by the patriarch of a prominent family of industrialists to investigate the disappearance of his niece, Harriet Vanger, who vanished without a trace nearly 40 years ago. As various members of the powerful Vanger family stonewall Mikael during is investigation, a key piece of evidence is given to him from an unexpected source; Lisbeth Salander, the computer hacker hired to facilitate Mikael’s downfall in his previous case has been keeping Mikael under surveillance out of idle curiosity.
The awkwardly matched duo relentlessly shift through the dust of the past decades to uncover the truth behind the story while struggling with interference from several unsavory, even downright sadistic characters.
While this isn’t exactly a movie for the kids, with several scenes of assault, and some sexual violence, the violence isn’t excessive or gratuitous to the point of being detrimental to the story.
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
Pro: Cinematography in the movie is interesting, flashback scenes are handled nicely, some of the technology used by characters in the movie adds to the visual appeal and narrative quality
Con: Creepy sex fiends and ex-Nazi’s always ruin the picnic for everybody.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
is now playing at the UICA
Directed by: Niels Arden Oplev
Running Time: 152 minutes
Origin: Sweden | Denmark | Germany
Language(s): Swedish | English (with English subtitles)
MPAA Rating: R
6/18 Friday – 12:15, 3:00, 6:00, 8:45PM 6/20 Sunday – 12:15, 3:00, 6:00 PM
6/21 Monday – Closed
6/22 Tuesday – 6:00, 8:45 PM
6/23 Wednesday – 6:00, 8:45 PM
6/24 Thursday – 6:00, 8:45 PM
The UICA provided the author of this review with a free screening of the film for the purpose of writing this article