Movie Review – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)

Niels Arden Oplev’s Millennium: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is the latest movie we have watched, and we find it totally rave worthy! It is the film adaptation of the first book in Stieg Larsson’s best-selling Millennium trilogy.

In this foreign (Swedish) movie, journalist Mikael Blomqvist (Michael Nyqvist) is hired by an aging industrialist to investigate the disappearance, some four decades earlier, of his young heiress. Joined in his search by an antisocial hacker named Lisbeth Salander (Noomi Rapace), Blomqvist finds himself on the trail of a serial killer who has remained undetected for years. We kept waiting for this story to fall flat but with each passing minute, it just kept getting better.

photo from here

The way the events unfold, and the way there are at least 3 stories/plots running concurrently in the same show, is really amazing. When you get to one of the key scenes (uh oh! spoiler) where Blomqvist painstakingly pieces back the sequence of some film negatives shot over “Children’s Day” just makes you realize how much work went into the deconstruction and reconstruction of the storyline of this movie.

This is a really well-crafted  “whodunit” action thriller that should not be missed!


  • Brother B says:

    Wow- i didn’t know the movie came out so fast. Just read the book last year. The 2nd in the trilogy ‘The Girl Who Played With Fire’ is out now and the final instalment ‘The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets’ Nest’ will be out in May 2010.
    Was the actress who played Lesbeth any good?

    I still can’t get over how great Milan Kundera’s The Unbearable Lightness of Being” is. 100X better than the movie.

    • cumi&ciki says:

      yar, i just watched part 2.. not so good wor. i think part 3 should be the clincher!

      yea the actress who plays Lesbeth is good.. very convincing. very androgynous.

  • Sean says:

    ooh i didn’t even realize there was a movie adaptation already. now wondering if i should bother to read the books (cos i’ve been wanting to but procrastinating) or just be lazy and watch the flick…

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