Movie Review: ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’

Published by Clay Cane on Friday, December 17, 2010 at 12:00 am.

Summary: Based on the book of the same name, decades ago a young girl disappears on an island owned by a powerful family. The uncle of the child is haunted by her memory and makes it his life mission to discover how she disappeared. He hires a journalist and a computer hacker, unfolding an unpredictable and disturbing story.

Review: Just when you think every film on the planet is predictable, here comes The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, a tour de force of mystery that keeps you guessing until the last frame. The Swedish film stars a perfectly cast group of actors, all wrestling with their creepy demons, without the viewer ever knowing who is the true villain.

Like many films of this genre, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo has a rather slow, confusing start. Racking up 152 minutes, the movie is in dire need of editing. No film should be this long—not even Avatar. While the building is at times necessary, the movie would’ve been a perfect grade if a good 45 minutes were shaved. The storyline gets caught up in tons of exposition, but manages to grab you right before you are ready to check out.

Thankfully, there is newcomer Noomi Rapace, who plays a computer hacker with deep emotional problems. Her dark presence keeps the film interesting until the plot line kicks in about halfway through.

This halfway mark is worth the wait. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is so exquisitely crafted and the final results are a plausible, shocking, good treat for anyone who enjoys the journey of movies.

One of the best foreign films of the year, and the American remake is coming in 2011.

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