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Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, The (Blu-ray Review)

5 Aug, 2010 By: Angelique Flores

Music Box
Box Office $9.7 million
$29.95 DVD, $34.95 Blu-ray
Rated ‘R’ for disturbing violent content including rape, grisly images, sexual material, nudity and language.
Stars Noomi Rapace.

Based in the 2008 bestselling book by the late Swedish author Steig Larsson, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is part one of Larsson’s “Millennium Trilogy” of books (and now movies).

The thriller centers on an unlikely pair: the older, sophisticated, well-known liberal journalist Mikael Blomkvist and the young, tough, withdrawn, brilliant computer hacker Lisbeth Salandar.

The two end up connected by wealthy businessman Henrik Vanger, who has hired Mikael to search for his niece Harriet’s killer.

This captivating whodunit keeps you guessing until the end, all the while unraveling an interesting and unusual character portrait of Lisbeth, the girl with a huge dragon tattoo on her back.

As with any film based on a book, many of the complicated plot twists were omitted or simplified for this cinematic version that still clocks in at 152 minutes. But for fans of the books, the adaptation should not disappoint.

The film has a mysterious darkness to it to match that of Lisbeth, a woman with a troubled past who embodies both justice and fear, both hero and antihero. Actress Noomi Rapace steals every scene she’s in, even though her dialogue is minimal. It’s not hard to understand why Mikael is so drawn to her.

Needless to say, I can’t wait to see the other films in the trilogy, The Girl Who Played With Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, which continue with the two lead actors.

The Blu-ray includes an interview with Rapace and a Vanger family tree.

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