The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Directed by Niels Arden Oplev
Sweden, Denmark & Germany, 2009
Cornerhouse, 14 March 2010
Yes, this is a gripping crime film that delivers a lot of punch for your pound. It begins as a missing person case, maybe a single murder, but quickly turns into an urgent hunt for a serial killer.
This kind of thing has been done before and done very well (e.g. The Silence of the Lambs) but there’s no doubt that The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a superior example of the genre.
Our (private) investigators this time out are Mikael (Michael Nyqvist) and Lisbeth (Noomi Rapace), respectively an investigative journalist and a hacker/internet researcher. Our victims, as per usual (a fact that is curiously invisible and unchallenged within the genre), are young women. As for our killer… well, a reviewer shouldn’t spoil a film. Somehow, the unlikely partnership of Mikael and Lisbeth works well.
You should expect to see a handful of unpleasant scenes in this film, with the most disturbing scene involving rape and sadomasochism.
No, not an innovatory film but rather one that effectively and efficiently delivers more than its fair share of thrills; it hits hard.