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Movie Review: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Alternate Title: Don't Get Mad, Get Even

Story: It is better to get to the party late than to not get there at all, right? And what a dark party this gripping film turned out to be. It was directed by Niels Arden Oplev and written by Rasmus Heisterberg and Nikolaj Arcel and based on the immensely popular novel by Stieg Larsson. I admit that I have not read Larsson's Millennium trilogy of books featuring the fascinating character called, Lisbeth Salander.

Journalist Michael Nyqvist has just lost a libel suit brought by a corrupt financier and is about to spend months in jail. While awaiting his jail time he is hired by wealthy industrialist Henrik Vanger to solve the case of his niece who disappeared or was murdered 40 years ago. I will skip over lots of sub-plots and say that Salander, an amazing computer hacker, teams up with Nyqvist to attempt to solve this 40 year old mystery.

Along the way we are introduced to much evil, corruption, Nazis, sexual predators, sadists, rapists, dark secrets, anti-semitism and other such cruelties that will make you squirm. This is a film that allows you to get lost inside its ugly premise. It is beautifully filmed and I could not wait to see how this female protagonist externalized her rage to the delight of this viewer.

Yes, there are many characters and tangential story lines but I was most interested in the crime solving nitty gritty details and the use of one heck of an Apple laptop, internet searches, photo-editing software, web cams and some other very familiar computer geekiness.

If you need a break from this summer's heat, check out the The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. I, for one, am ready for the next film in the trilogy.

Check out the trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rIrjgFphVIc

Acting: Michael Nyqvist as Mikael Blomkvist was perfect in his role as was the amazing Noomi Rapace as Lisbeth Salander.

Trivia: Noomi Rapace used the holes of her old piercing's when she was a young punk rocker in her role as Lisbeth Salander in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Form his website: Stieg Larsson (1954-2004) was a Swedish writer and journalist. Prior to his sudden death of a heart attack in November 2004 he finished three detective novels in his trilogy "The Millenium-series" which were published posthumously; "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo", "The Girl Who Played With Fire" and "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest". Altogether, his trilogy has sold more than 20 million copies in 41 countries (spring of 2010), and he was the second best selling author in the world 2008. Before his career as a writer, Stieg Larsson was mostly known for his struggle against racism and right-wing extremism. http://www.stieglarsson.com/

Predilection: None

Critters: None

Food: Eggs

Sex Spectrum: There is lots of sex (most of it violent).

Blatant Product Placement: Apple, Nikon, Heinz Ketchup

Soundtrack: I stirring soundtrack.

Opening Titles: Financier Henrik Vanger opens a strange package from Hong Kong.

Visual Art: Sweden is cold and foreboding in the winter.

Theater Audience: About 30 other NYer's escaping form the 100 Big Apple heat. The chilly Swedish landscaped helped to cool my body temperature down.

Weather: Cold

Sappy Factor: 0

Quirky Meter: 0

Squirm Scale: 3 - the sadistic scenes made me squirm quite a bit.

Drift Factor: I paid attention throughout.

Predictability Level: I was pretty sure of what was going to happen.

Tissue Usage: 0

Oscar Worthy: Maybe

Big Screen or Rental: Go for the big screen if you can still find it playing.

Length: 30 minutes over the two hour Lobo rule.