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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Men Who Hate Women

Sweden/Denmark/Germany/Norway 2009
produced by
Søren Stærmose, Anni Faurbye Fernandez (executive), Lone Korslund (executive), Peter Nadermann (executive), Ole Søndberg (executive), Mikael Wallen (executive) for Yellow Bird Films, ZDF, Sveriges Television (SVT), Nordisk Film
directed by Niels Arden Oplev
starring Michael Niqvist, Noomi Rapace, Lena Endre, Peter Haber, Sven-Bertil Taube, Peter Andersson, Ingvar Hirdvall, Marika Lagercrantz, Björn Granath, Ewa Fröling, Michalis Koutsogiannakis, Annika Hallin, Sofia Ledarp, Tomas Köhler, David Dencik, Stefan Sauk, Gösta Bredefeldt, Fredrik Ohlsson, Jacob Ericksson, Gunnel Lindblom, Barbro Enberg, Reuben Sallmander, Yasmine Garbi, Georgi Staykov, Nina Norén, Emil Almén, Mikael Rahm, Willie Andréason, Lennart R.Svensson, Karl Oskar Törnros, Kalled Mustonen, Henrik Knutsson, Alexander Pascalidou, Tehilla Blad, Julia Sporre, Laura Lind, Isabella Isacson, Magnus Stenius
screenplay by Nikolaj Arcel, Rasmus Heisterberg, based on the novel by Stieg Larsson, music by Jacob Groth


review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Michael Nyqvist) has just been sentenced to 6 months in prison for a series of articles he did on a big corporation when he's hired by industrialist Henrik Vanger (Sven-Bertil Taube) to find out what has happened to his niece Harriet, who disappeared 40 years ago, an assignment that should enable Blomkvist to earn quite a tidy sum before having to go to prison. Blomkvist accepts manly because he has no other options.

Blomkvist finds quite a few clues, but his investigations seem to be stopped cold when it comes to the most promising clue yet, a collection of names and telephone numbers found in Harriet's diary, a collection that just makes no sense.

Enter Lisbeth (Noomi Rapace), a problem child with a dragon tattoo who is also a very gifted hacker and who has been hired to check out Blomkvist by Henrik Vanger before he hired him. Thing is, Lisbeth did not lose interest in Blomkvist even after her job was over, and while Blomkvist has already given up on getting anywhere with his investigations, Lisbeth finds out the phone numbers are actually bible quotes, and combined with the names, they lead onto the trail of a serialkiller.

Lisbeth and Blomkvist soon move in together and combine forces to solve the puzzle, and they become a couple as well, but it's not that easy to find a serialkiller from 40 years ago - and n fact, his killing spree started even sooner, shortly after World War II. Eventually, Blomkvist and Lisbeth figure out that all the girls murdered were Jewish, and that's a clue that eventually leads to Henrik Vanger's brother Harald (Göster Bredefeldt), and while Blomkvist breaks into his house to find evidence, Lisbeth goes through the accounts of his company (no idea why they keep accounts that old though). Blomkvist is called red-handed by Harald, who threatens to shoot him, but then saved by Harald's nephew (and Harriet's brother) Martin (Peter Haber) - who later knocks Blomkvist out, ties him up and confesses that he's the killer Blomkvist has been looking for. Sure, he wasn't even born when the killing spree has started, but killing is actually something he took over from his dad. As for Harriet: sure, he and his dad abused her, and she found out about their little shared secret, she even killed dad, but Martin didn't have anything to do with her disappearance - and in fact, why would he lie after confessing to everything else. Martin is about to kill Blomkvist when Lisbeth, who has found out his secret via accounting, intervenes, beats him up, engages him in a carchase, in the end of which he crashes and dies.

Case solved safe for one little detail: Where's Harriet?

Why in Australia of course, where she (played by Ewa Fröling) has hidden for all these years fearing the wrath of Martin, but now that he's gone she dares to return to her uncle ...

With the case closed, Blomkvist goes to prison for six months, but while he's inside, Lisbeth finds enough evidence against the company who has put him there to drive it's CEO to suicide  and on the side, she transfers enough company money to her own account to last ehr a lifetime.


The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a film that has actully got its moments, there are interesting details, unusual plot devices, sudden outbursts of violence and the like - but overall the movie is pretty much a disappointment, especially considering its promising title: The whole story is over-convoluted nd filled up with way too many unnecessary subplots for its own good, so much so that it takes 150 minutes to tell its rather feeble core story (and there is even an extended version of this), Its key plottwists all seem way too far-fetched, its key characters remain hollow despite being given extensive back stories, and the extensive post-finale ending tries way too hard to tie everything up neatly and bring everything to a happy ending to even sustain interest. That said, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is by no means the worst film I've ever seen ... but that doesn't necessarily make it good, does it?


review © by Mike Haberfelner


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