Movie: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Swedish, 2009 (♦♦♦♦)

Journalist Mikael Blomkvist, recently found guilty in a libel case against a powerful financier, is richly commissioned by retired businessman Henrik Vanger to investigate the disappearance of Harriet Vanger, his fifteen year old niece, occurred forty years ago. The teen disappeared during a business summit of the Vanger group, whose members were mostly family. Henrik Vanger has reasons to believe that his niece was murdered and that someone is still playing a sick joke on him. Lisbeth Salander, a twenty-four year old troubled computer genius, joins the investigation and with her help, Blomkvist breaks the case.

I have read comments of people who say that Lisbeth is a rip-off of Abby from NCIS, but the Lisbeth in the movie is entirely different, a character with Abby’s computer abilities, yes, but also with an inner, complex life of her own.

This movie is not only long, but as graphic as it gets. There are sexual crimes (at least two instances of rape) and violent images of murdered women. The story is engaging and the acting is convincing, but the whole atmosphere of the film is so violent and dark that it is difficult to like it. Despite of it all, it lingers…