‘The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’ is a dark, disturbing and captivating Swedish movie based on the book of the same name by Stieg Larsson. While the movie differs from the book in some ways as most adaptations do, the general essence and storyline is the same.
‘The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’ is gritty and shocking. From a rape scene, to a forced sex revenge scene, the audience will be shocked to its very core, and may well question why these scenes were included in the movie. While it is not apparent in this movie, I have heard that the sequels contain the answers.
The movie stars Michael Nyqvist as Mikael Blomkvist and Noomi Rapace as Lisbeth Salander, who is the girl with the dragon tattoo on her back, which we get to see in another sexual part of the movie.
The story centers around journalist Mikael Blomkvist and Lisbeth, a hacker, who are helping the head of the Vangar corporation and family find out what happened to his niece Harriet, who disappeared 40 years earlier and whom he believes was killed by a member of his own family.
The unfolding story will have you on the edge of your seats and the cinematography was cold, bleak, startling and perfect for the movie. While the movie was disturbing, shocking, vivid, and stark, it still had you swept into the emotions of the characters and the answers to the the mystery.
‘The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’ is not for everybody and is rated R for a reason, in some ways this movie was as disturbing, if not more so than ‘Precious’ but it didn’t focus on the abuse in the movie, if anything it left many questions unanswered but as there are 2 sequels that was probably for a reason.
Residents of Los Angeles can see this movie at the ArcLight Hollywood movie theater and that seems to be the only cinema showing this hard, dark Swedish film currently.