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It is a quite uncommon event, that a Swedish film should get so much
attention pretty much anywhere, not just in Scandinavia or, outside its
home regions, the art-house circuit (Bergman isn't exactly multiplex
stuff). Of course, when the film in question is based on a best-selling
novel, nay, the most profitable book in Northern Europe, it's a whole
different thing: partly because of the unique circumstances surrounding
its inception (the author was a journalist who wrote fiction just for
fun and died shortly after submitting the final version of the
manuscripts), Stieg Larsson's Millennium trilogy has shocked and
enthralled readers all over the world, which explains why the
adaptation of the first chapter, Men Who Hate Women (retitled The Girl
with the Dragon Tattoo in English-speaking countries), has become the
most successful Swedish movie of all time. That, and the fact that it's
a very good film.
Not surprisingly, the main character is, like the late author, an investigative reporter, a man in his late forties named Mikael Blomkvist (Michael Nyqvist). Sentenced to a six-month stint in prison for allegedly forging evidence against a powerful businessman he wrote about in the magazine Millennium (hence the trilogy's title), he still has the time to carry out an assignment handed to him by one Henrik Vanger (Sven-Bertil Taube): to find out what happened on the day Vanger's niece, Harriet, disappeared. Dis she simply vanish, or was she murdered? As the plot thickens, Mikael receives unexpected help from Lisbeth Salander (Noomi Rapace), a young hacker with a troubled past and continued problems with her legal status, more specifically her sleazy guardian.
In the transition from page to screen, some elements had to be abandoned, obviously: gone are the data on abused women that opened each section of the book (the major contribution of Larsson's journalistic side), as well as the sly references to past detective story staples (Blomkvist and Vanger mention Agatha Christie when discussing their investigation). In terms of plot, on the other hand, the adaptation process is worthy of L.A. Confidential: no unnecessary subplots (do we really need to see Mikael sleeping with half the women he encounters?) or irrelevant side characters, just Blomkvist and Salander, an odd investigative couple whose essence is best summed up by Mikael's line: "You know everything about me, and I don't know sh*t about you.". It's that kind of weird humor, spoken in plain, brutal Swedish, that gives the film its heart, along with a decent dose of mystery.
The Scandinavian landscape has its part in guaranteeing the story's success, too: like in the wonderful Let the Right One In, the cold, snowy environment provides the ideal backdrop for one of the most chilling (pun not intended) and grisly tales of murder ever committed to film. Staying true to the book's bleak core, the violence is depicted without many restrictions, especially in the central rape scene that justifies the original Swedish title and sets The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo aside from the majority of Hollywood's sanitized thrillers.
In short, this is a riveting, rewarding experience. Needless to say, an American version is already in the works to please subtitle-weary moviegoers. It's not necessarily a bad idea (look at what Chris Nolan did with Insomnia, originally a Norwegian picture), but can there really be a Tinseltown actress brave - and good - enough to take over from the mesmerizing Noomi Rapace? Well, at least she still has two more films to steal before that happens...
In Stockholm, the investigative journalist and chief-editor of the
magazine Millennium Mikael Blomkvist (Michael Nyqvist) is sentenced to
three months in prison for slandering the corrupt entrepreneur
Hans-Erik Wennerström (Stefan Sauk) in an article. Meanwhile the
wealthy industrialist Henrik Vanger (Sven- Bertil Taube) and his lawyer
Dirch Frode (Ingvar Hirdwall) hire the Milton Security to investigate
the life of Mikael, and the hacker Lisbeth Salander (Noomi Rapace)
finds that he is an honest man. Mikael is invited to travel to Hedeby
Island near Hedestadt to meet Henrik at his home and the old man
proposes him to investigate who murdered his beloved nephew Harriet
that disappeared forty years ago. Mikael moves to Hedeby Island and
Henrik delivers all the files of the case. The journalist learns that
all the members of the dysfunctional Vanger family are suspect and the
three brothers of Henrik were Nazis. Meanwhile Lisbeth is hacking
Mikael's computer and she decides to help him with further information
about the case. Henrik hires Lisbeth to help Mikael and they discover a
series of hideous murders connected to the disappearance of Harriet.
"Män Som Hatar Kvinnor" is one of the best films I have seen this year. The engaging suspense is very well developed, with many characters and subplots that are perfectly resolved without any flaw. Niels Arden Oplev has a tight direction, supported by an excellent screenplay and outstanding cast. Michael Nyqvist and Noomi Rapace in the roles of an investigative journalist and an emotionally disturbed hacker respectively deserve nominations to the Oscar for their top-notch performances. Unfortunately it seems that the American cinema industry is preparing to destroy this awesome film with another remake. The Brazilian title is almost correct since "Män Som Hatar Kvinnor" means "Men Who Hate Women". My vote is nine.
Title (Brazil): "Os Homens Que Não Amavam as Mulheres" ("The Men that did not Love Women")
This is a grim and gritty tale lightened somewhat by an upbeat ending.
Its origins as the first novel in the millennium series by Stieg
Larrson is evident in a somewhat meandering storyline and a running
time of two and a half hours, with the inevitable excisions from the
book. Nevertheless the film stands up well on its own.
Sweden seems to produce detectives at the end of their tethers, "Wallander" for example, and the protagonist here, Mikael a journalist, starts out facing three months in jail for defaming a shonky business tycoon. I thought criminal defamation was a thing of the past, but not it seems in Sweden. Mikael has been set up, but the case has brought him to the notice of Henrick Vander, the patriarch of an old industrial family, who commissions Mikael to investigate the disappearance of his favourite niece, who disappeared from the family's island retreat nearly 40 years ago. Mikael joins forces with the tiny but intimidating Lisbeth, an ace computer hacker with a dark past and an agenda of her own.
They soon discover that the Vander family, except for their client who is a nice old gent, are as about a dysfunctional a family as you might ever meet, on a par with the Essenbecks of Visconti's "The Damned". There are skeletons everywhere, not just in the closet. However Mikael and Lisbeth crack the case, after the usual quota of menacing moments and dashing around chasing red herrings and actual clues. Filmed in the midst of a Swedish winter the atmosphere is pretty gloomy, not to mention just plain cold.
Michael Nyqvist inhabits the role of Mikael pretty comfortably, spending quite a lot of time looking surprised, but Nooni Rapace as Lisbeth is something else again practically an elemental force never was someone so vulnerable and so dangerous at the same time.
Nit-pickers will be delighted to learn that in a short sequence set in outback northern Australia, Mikael's FWD has the correct licence plates and its steering wheel on the right. However the lighting was most peculiar and the sheep a bit out of place you mostly see cattle in northern Australia.
There are apparently two sequels in the pipeline, and despite some rather grisly moments I will line up to see them. Larrson, who died suddenly after producing three best-sellers, was a good storyteller and the film-makers have executed the adaptation with plenty of skill.
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I saw this movie today in a pre-release screening 10 days before the
official release in Denmark.
I really liked this movie. I haven't read the book, so I can't compare the two. I'm Danish, the movie is Swedish (info: Denmark and Sweden are neighbors and share a very similar language), and I haven't really seen any Swedish movies before.
You can compare this movie to Kongekabale (2004). The themes are somewhat similar: secrets must be researched and uncovered, and someone tries to kill others in order to prevent the secret from getting out.
I think both the main characters (Mikael Blomkvist and Lisbeth Salander) are likable characters. My favorite is definitely Lisbeth Salander, as her being tech-savvy is something I can relate to. You get to know Lisbeth's history, while Mikael's is not revealed too much. I think this might be something missing from the plot, though I don't think it's that serious, as it's not really crucial information that will render the rest of the plot fuzzy and confusing.
Again, there are several times in the movie where you get to know Lisbeth more. I think this is because the majority of the people watching this type of films can relate more to the journalist (Mikael), than the Gothic computer hacker Lisbeth. I actually liked this, since her part of the movie catches my fancy. That being said, I also liked the rest of the movie. Very exciting. Hard to keep your eyes off the screen at most times.
I first heard about the book several years ago and I didn't think I
would like it. It just sounded crazy. But when I finally sat down with
it I couldn't stop. It was absolutely gripping. It has been a few years
since I have read it so I can't be real specific. I liked it so much
that I couldn't put it down and bought the rest of the trilogy. They
were all great but the second two wandered a bit after the gripping
tension of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. Thank goodness I read them
in proper order.
The first time I watched The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo it was on Netflix and in Swedish. Luckily the subtitles were good. After that I had to see the English version.
What a shame that the author died shortly after he finished the third on. I would have loved to read more of his writing.
Heck, I liked the books and movies so much that I made a website at http://thedragontattoogirl.com. I hope to have more info on there soon.
Fans of Pauley Perrette's role as Abby on NCIS, will love the character
Lisbeth Salander, a goth girl played by Noomi Rapace. She turns a great
thriller into something much more interesting.
Lisbeth is supposed to be the best hacker in Sweden, and Mikael Blomkvist (Michael Nyqvist), who has a short time before he enters prison for libel, finds her to help look for the lost niece of a billionaire (Sven-Bertil Taube).
The film is brutal is some respects, as Lisbeth is abused by the man who controls her money. She is forced to have sex with him before she can collect. However she manages to turn the tables, and it is delicious.
When they discover the secret, it is even more heinous than they imagined.
But, things go on from there, and I would not reveal the surprising ending. It was sweet.
Noomi Rapace and Michael Nyqvist were perfect.
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When I saw the trailer for this film, I thought, "This is gonna be good!" I had no idea that there were books before, or that the film was in Swedish! And to be perfectly honest i was a bit hesitant to watch it because of the language. I hate dubbed film's it spoils the films originality. So I looked into the subtitled versions i eventually I watched the original extended Swedish version with English subtitles. And boy am i glad i did! The story follows a journalist called Mikael Blomkvist who is about to be sent to jail for publishing an article on a certain man. But he is given 6 months before he goes into jail. He is then asked by another man called Henrik Vanger to help him look for a girl who disappeared 40 years ago. Mikael looks into this case that was closed many years ago and is determined to find this girls body before Henrik dies. Mikael finds this case extremely difficult and i about to give up when a girl called Lisbeth Salander a hacker working for some company, hacks into Mikael's emails and solves one major puzzle for him. he then persuades her to help him in finding the person who was responsible for this girls disappearance 40 years ago. With Lisbeth's help they find a trail of murders that happened through out the years and that all seem to link back to the girls disappearance. This film was very interesting and entertaining and kept me wondering who the killer was right until the end. But it is also quite violent in some parts and also has a lot of swearing through out.(This doesn't bother me, but some people might find it offensive.) Also there is quite a graphic rape scene in the film, no nudity is shown but there is a lot of scream's, this people will find disturbing and difficult to watch (I did!) I thought this movie was very well written and cleverly done, So it deserves 10/10. I haven't read the books so i can't compare. But after i watch the trilogy i may read them! I hope you all find the film as good as i did! Can't wait to see the next episode in the trilogy "The Girl Who Played With Fire!" Which i hope will be as good as the first!!
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A true-blooded crime thriller with a good dark atmosphere and very strong story, which certainly is not something unseen in the world of detective fiction, but it comes as a refreshment given to contemporary film offer. Wealthy tycoon Henrik Vanger hires controversial journalist, Mikael Blomkvist, to investigate disappearance of his niece, which happened 40 years ago on the island wholly owned by Vanger family. Blomkvist was sentenced to three months in prison for planted libel against corrupt entrepreneur so Vanger decides to investigate him before hiring. Lisabeth Salander gets the job of investigating Blomkvist but she continues to monitor his computer after the job was done. So, after she sees his new job for Vanger she starts helping him, firstly indirectly and soon directly. Their investigation leads to revelations of dark secrets Vanger family. Although plot is relatively simple, characterization of main characters is thorough which is not strange since this movie is just first in trilogy. In simple words, movie is very good, without both positively and negatively extremes. Perhaps some viewers will not like politicking, and the story certainly could pass without the Nazis, but all in all screenplay seems solid. Acting is at a high level, and there are no big objections on directing. Noomi Rapace that embodies Lisbeth is fantastic, but the rest of the cast is not far away. Perhaps the most remarkable is the atmosphere, which is a typical Scandinavian strong, cold and dark and it suits to story perfectly. The very end is a typical Hollywood and serious viewers will probably feel bitterness because the story had great potential to go in a more interesting and original way.
Noomi is such a great actress that she's the only one to make me break
my promise of not buying anymore DVD as long as I haven't finished to
watch all my collection. That's why I can review it now in the middle
of my TV shows DVD.
What i knew about "Millenium" was nothing but it reached my radar by a past colleague who has read the books. I remember also to see the poster in the subway and it made me think about the singer of the group rock Indochine. But, it's only with "Prometheus" that I have discovered Noomi as a very promising young actress.
Thus, she gave me a ticket for a noir trip in Sweden and it's good. Living in the so-called European Union, i have always wondered why in France, we never have the movies from our cousins. Thus, it's a miracle to have a Swedish blockbuster, all the more than in our all-visual society, it's again a book that has started it.
Going to Stockholm was a come-back for me because i used to visit a friend there and i think i have been in a few locations. In all cases, the movie is a fine production with beautiful landscapes and great insight about Swedish way of life. The investigation is interesting because it mixes old past with brand new technology and if you pay attention, you can understand what happens, which is not the case in a lot of movies. Sure, some moments are a bit flat (the abuse, the family reaction, the pursuit, the flowers gifts) but at last, the tension and the mystery is ever present.
About the cast, this Swedish team is excellent and proves that there's a life outside Hollywood, which is paradoxically what Noomi is actually seeking. There, she was perfectly cast because as i have seen in "Prometheus", she exudes an inner rage, a survival instinct, a raw sensibility that made me think to the young De Niro. This wasp character is also interesting to discover because she isn't really into talks. You really have to be patient to reach her and as the film ends, you really want to follow this strange couple into their next adventures!
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I saw this version, The Original and the American version. This
original is far better. The Actress who plays Lisbeth - Noomi Rapace.
Is outstanding. She makes the whole movie excellent. I had read the
books and seem all 3 of the Original movies and she is really amazing
in the role.
Its always hard to make a movie from the book. Both Original and American versions have different takes. The American version is more detailed to the book. But it doesn't have Noomi Rapace.
I suppose its a testament to the movies success that we see many of the Actors from the Original now appearing in American movies.
To anyone going to watch it.. Get the Original Swedish one with Subtitles. The language adds to the context of the movie.
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