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I regret watching this film. Not because it is of low quality but
because its message is nothing but "you should return evil with evil"
and there are some scenes in the film that were so violent that I could
OK. I must say that the film is well-directed, well-paced, thrilling, it is a high quality suspense film if you are talking about it in terms of movie making. People can be glued to the screen because of the film made them feel excited.
Well, but if you are a person who believes in love and hope and the power of love and forgiveness, you shouldn't watch this film. Because there is little of that. The whole thing, beside investigation and mystery, is about revenge and how you should return violence with violence. It depicts evil and the fruits of evil and no real or true message about how you should deal with evil in this world beside violence. The film implicitly tell us that it's OK to kill, it's OK to beat and torture someone, if that person is already evil. It's OK to kill your father if your father abuses you. It is OK to stand and watch someone die although you can help, because that person is evil. These kinds of things are understandable but they are wrong messages to be sent into this world already full with too much evil and violence.
The main character of the film is presented as a woman hero, someone who is very strong, very smart, with a dark and hurtful past. I don't know what's the big deal about the tattoo dragon on her back either. It looks scary to me.
Mikael Blomkvist is the publisher of Millennium magazine. He loses a
libel case brought by billionaire financier Hans-Erik Wennerström. He
is setup and found guilty. He is sentenced to three months and a large
fine. Lisbeth Salander is a skilled hacker hired to follow him by
Henrik Vanger. Henrik is the patriarch of an old wealthy family. He
wants to hire Blomkvist to investigate the disappearance of his niece
Harriet who vanished in 1966. He believes that she was killed by a
family member but her body was never found. Blomkvist's father used to
work for the family and he visited them as a child. Lisbeth is given a
new creepy guardian.
It is dark. It is as complicated as any murder mystery. It is disturbingly graphic and Noomi Rapace's performance is gripping. She's the great discovery in this movie. The nordic feel adds to the cold atmosphere. The whole movie is filled with this feeling of dread. It is truly chilling.
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Adapted from the book, this film is brilliantly executed, as are the
The story follows the stories of Mikael Blomkvist and Lisbeth Salander as their lives become intertwined around the investigation of the murder of a 16 year old girl 40 years earlier.
The character of Lisbeth, a young goth-punk hacker, is a fascinating one. A tiny woman with a lot of attitude who is looked down upon by everyone and taken seriously by almost no one and certainly not cared about by many. She is, however, incredibly intelligent, full of fire and distrustful of everyone. With good reason.
The casting of Noomi Rapace is both brilliant and inspired. A rather small woman with a surprisingly strong presence and immense talent to play the shockingly resilient and strong-willed Salander.
The murder mystery being investigated is full of twists and has a shocking conclusion. It kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time.
However, this film is extremely graphic. There is a lot of nudity, violence and material that may make some viewers very uncomfortable. This includes a brutal rape scene. And a scene where the rapist is very fittingly punished by his victim. Sexual abuse in general plays a prominent theme throughout the story. It can be difficult to watch at times. I don't think I need to say that this is not a movie for kids to be watching.
As a whole, though, I would highly recommend this film. Preferably the extended edition. Now, it is in Swedish, so it is subtitled. There is a dubbed version available, but we all know that the lines tend to lose something in translation.
Considering I originally thought this was a Tarantino film, I was
pleasantly surprised. It is not a Tarantino film, and is in fact, a
good drama/ thriller, a genre in which I have recently gained interest
Lisbeth Salander is a great character. the movie portrays her involvement in Mikhail (I don't know his last name) investigation on the disappearance of a teenage girl.
Through a few twists, rude and satisfying scenes, the movie captures the watchers attention. Within the drama there are insights into contemporary social and political issues, as well as historical ones.
Contrary to most, I have to say that I expected much more from this
movie. Having read the book(s), which I believe all to be masterpieces
of their genre (especially this one, the first one of the series) I was
really looking forward to seeing this film. Alas, I was somewhat
disappointed... Not that this was a bad, poorly made film, because it
isn't. It is however, nowhere near in bringing to the viewer the plot,
the atmosphere and the emotions of the book (which is often the case
with the filming of great books). Having said that, I must also say
that the filmmakers eventually 'found their way' when making the second
and third installments of the series, which where much, much better
than this first movie in the trilogy.
Now I am looking forward to seeing the Hollywood version of this book, hoping for the best...
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What can I say.. this movie is great!!
It starts off very compelling and it keeps a gripping story-line the entire time.
It has a slow/intriguing/smart/high quality pace throughout the movie, but it lacks a certain spark to make the movie just a tad more fun to watch.
And that is a big problem. Because the movie is like 150 minutes long! And it's gotta be somewhat more watchable than it is , to keep us "happy".
Besides that, the plot is very clever. Very nicely done!
The casting was very good as well. Although both leading roles could be cast better. But they are good.
Film production was an A. Just like a Hollywood movie.
One thing is this, with such movies you have to keep your focus on 100% the entire time. And maybe this movie almost demanded too much focus.
One last thing. Do you have to be so graphic with all the sexually wicked scenes?? Minus points for that.
Overall, happy with the movie; but lots of changes could be done. Not exactly my cup of tea.
Real rating: 7.95
This is a invigorating, immersive and raw mystery/thriller that despite
the running time had my attention from beginning to end. The team up,
partnership is a bit awkward but it works and just like I said
invigorating to watch. Also the detective elements is cleverly
constructed, and it makes you feel like a detective while watching to a
degree. And I especially liked the raw aspect of things in this movie
and made me personally care about what was going on. The acting is good
as well as the cinematography. So yeah, just about everything about the
plot to the characters was interesting and fun to watch. It's a very
well constructed mystery/thriller that is worth watching and will keep
you interested from beginning to end.
sounds strange but it is more than a good adaptation. it is a splendid cinema show in which light, performance, the angle, the music makes a great result. powerful, seductive, different. and all seems be to clear for a crime movie who reminds old manners to construct the tension and to give force to each scene. the success of novel is only part of the film axis. it is the wise science of Daniel Alfredson to use the sensitivity of viewer and to have the best actors for build the right atmosphere. it is the virtue of actors to select the right technique to walk on a fragile bridge. and, sure, it is the chance of viewer to discover a remarkable movie mark of thoroughly work.
Simply great from beginning to end, Noomi Rapace is outstanding, really
great acting from her part here.
No, great is not enough, awesome. I didn't know her and I really thought she was an actual emo freak when I first watched this film.
Actually SHE should have got the nomination for this instead of her worse plastic clone Rooney Mara. But we all know, Hollywood loves remakes, it doesn't matter if they are worse than the original, if they come only 2 years after the original. One would wonder why remaking it instead of giving the real one some credit? Is that what you guys think when you watch a great movie? "this was a great film, let's make a clone so we can get all the credit".
They need remakes to keep on giving Oscars to themselves...
Leave alone the remake and get to watch this instead if you haven't already. You won't believe how good Noomi Rapace is.
I just watched this movie and i think it's really good. It is a LONG movie, but i think it's very entertaining from the beginning to the end :) I think the plot is really well tied and i never lost the attention. Also there are some really good and crude/realistic moments. I don't know what more to write to fill all the lines, but i just wanted to write that this is a good movie and you will enjoy it like me. The acting of the girl with the tattoo's is really good too, and you get surprised sometimes with the plot twists. Also there are some splicit scenes and everything is uncensored, i see a lot of movies censoring some parts and i hate that, but in this movie that will not happen! :) So i hope you enjoy watching this movie as much as i did.
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